Category: Mixed Media

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Suspended with thick wires and secured with bolts, Wim Botha’s works seem to mean nothing and everything at the same time. If you don’t understand what this means, the virtual tour below might  help. If not, go and see it for yourself before the end of the 2014 National Arts Festival.

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There are dozens and dozens of stores at Festival, but none are more colorful than the ones under the arch. Beyond the Programme takes a look.

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This Woman’s Work is an exhibition celebrating 20 years of democracy in South Africa through portraying 20 everyday women.

In the audio interview below, curator Samkela Stamper explains the exhibition as well as her position on women’s empowerment.

The gallery shows some of the photos in the exhibition, which also includes audio and a poem by Stamper, available as a series of postcards.

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This year’s Festival programme has involved – younger audiences might use the word demanded – a fair bit of historical retrospection. Aside from a raft of productions revisiting key theatre pieces from the 1980s, there are photographs describing the minutiae of resistance (clenched fists, burning tyres, teargas) and talks assessing the legacy of the Border War.

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When I meet the materials I change like a chameleon,” Javier Quinapanta says, making wild hand gestures as he speaks of painting, art, traveling and bones. “Yes, bones,” he laughs. Bones are important in his work because they originate from something else before – something full of life and energy.

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You don’t need eyes to create and appreciate art. For an artist whose work deals with the visual, Usha Seejarim is also dedicated to teaching the blind and visually impaired to generate and venerate art.

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It is suggested that the private security industry in South Africa is one of the largest in the world, with access-controlled gated communities characterised by electric fences, closed-circuit television cameras, armed response and manned guarding appearing across the country.

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Nandipha Mntambo is the first artist to present her show in the recently refurbished gallery space in the Monument. In previous years, the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art had to show his or her work in a space that resembled more of an office environment than a gallery.

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FROM an advertising perspective, the plethora of posters that adorn every imaginable open space on the historic walls of this city could serve a similar purpose to the pick-up line. All interactions between artist and audience are fragile exchanges of meaning in which relationships are formed.

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