In Retrospect: Launch of a Visual Arts Catalogue by Artscape

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Artist: Noer Abrahams

In Retrospect: Launch of a Visual Arts Catalogue by Artscape

With the celebration of Africa Day on 25 May, Ms Mlandu, Ms Marlene le Roux, Director of Artscape’s Audience Development and Education and their colleagues, will launch the In Retrospect Visual Arts Catalogue on 24 May at the Artscape Theatre Centre. Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity; and gives us the opportunity to recognise and honour our unique heritage, our rich linguistic history and the variety of art forms which give this continent its unique energy, rhythms and beat.

Ukhona Mlandu, the Co-ordinator of the Artscape Resource Centre is highly enthusiastic when she explains “that in order to achieve its of objective of being a hub for creative energy, and to remain inviting and vibrant, the Centre invited emerging visual artists to submit work to be evaluated by a panel of judges over the last 4 years”.

The aim of the Resource Centre Art Exhibitions was to give artists who were selected by the panel of judges, the opportunity to exhibit at Artscape and to acquire new skills. The experience of mounting an exhibition is invaluable and gives artists exposure to their peers and the wider community.

Artist: Michael Chitter

This catalogue not only celebrates the diversity and richness of emerging African art, but finds connections through artworks and their content to create conversations about South Africa and Africa’s abundant talent and cultural diversity. It has given the artists a moment to reflect, in order to move forward.

The exhibition was curated by Igshaan Adams, who formed part of the judging panel and is also a rising star on the local visual arts scene.

Mak1One with one of his works of art

Artists featured in the catalogue are:

Noer Abrahams – studied graphic design, influenced by the Salvador Dali and the expressive style of Jackson Pollock, his works comprise a variation of styles and reflect an emotional response to his surroundings;

Lavonne Bosman – photographer who uses her photography to create awareness of people and situations and aims to show the beauty that still exists in difficult circumstances;

Michael Chitter – arts and political activist, studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, and graduated with distinction in 1996;

Gary Frier – qualified as a graphic designer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2004 and has moved on to create art of a more personal nature;

Abduragman Ismail – an abstract artist born in District Six, now operating from Bokmakierie and a youth motivator in his community;

Rizqah Majiet – a photographer for whom photography is an expressive means to communicate the beauty of experiences and people, her passion is driven by social encounters with people and their environments;

Mak1one – has been involved in graffiti art for over 20 years and has personally experienced the power of graffiti to change lives, he is committed to using his work to inform and challenge opinion;

Andria Manuel – from Worcester, who started her training in visual art at Worcester Secondary School where she matriculated in 2008, she still dreams to further her art training ; and

Isaac Mukonde – from Zimbabwe who has been working with wire for the past 15 years and concentrates on recycling scrap wire to weave landscape, sculptures and decor.

The launch of In Retrospect will take place at the Artscape Theatre centre on Thursday 24 May at 18:30. For more information, please visit www.artscape.co.za.

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