Posts Tagged ‘Kemang Wa Lehulere’

Artist Francois Knoetze presents a cell phone suit and one of the six Mongo characters in his public art exhibition, Cape Mongo, in Grahamstown on 6 July 2015, at the National Arts Festival. Cape Mongo looks at the stories of these characters, each made from the city’s discarded waste, as they journey through Cape Town. (Photo: CuePix/Mia van der Merwe)

However you look at it, 2015 has been a curious year so far. Not long after the Red Berets staged their version of Karate Kid in Parliament, an understudy to political activist Andile Lili splashed poo on a triumphalist bronze metaphor that, up until recently, lazed on a plinth at an eminent university.

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These are the Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winners for 2015.

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History Will Break Your Heart Exhibition

Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner, Kemang Wa Lehulere showcases his exhibition History Will Break Your Heart at this years festival. The exhibition explores his artistic endeavours, as well as the works of other South African artists. For those that can’t make it up to the Monument Art Gallery, take a virtual tour of some of the exhibition.

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Kemang Wa Lehulere, is recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art. Photo: Aaliyah Tshabalala

Faceless busts are arranged among upside down, deconstructed school desks. Each steel leg wears a black gumboot with gold soles. Gold dogs preside over the scene, and empty music stands emphasise an eerie silence.

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Lerato Bereng does not want to be a symbol for anything. The 29 year-old, who was born in Lesotho, is the Festival’s first ever featured curator and she says that despite being a young, black woman in a world that is largely dominated by middle-aged white males, she doesn’t feel any pressure to represent one specific thing.

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