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MONTHLY ISSUE NO. 47 JULY 2001



Durban
24.07.01 Women's Arts Festival exhibition at the Playhouse
17.07.01 'Shebeens as social institutions' - lecture at KwaMuhle Museum
03.07.01 'Blend' by Michelle Barrell at the BAT
03.07.01 'Egazini: The Battle of Grahamstown' at the NSA
03.07.01 Siphiwe Zulu - Recent works at the NSA
03.07.01 Helen Clara Hemsley in residence at the NSA
03.07.01 July Red Eye @rt at the Durban Art Gallery
26.06.01 'Stepping In' - Sibusiso Dubazana at the BAT
26.06.01 'Journey/uHambo' - Nkosinathi Jali at the BAT


Val Adamson

Val Adamson
Black and white photograph




DURBAN

South African Women's Arts Festival 2001 Art Exhibition

It's that time of the year again when the Playhouse presents its annual Women's Arts Festival. More often than not a slightly over-effusive display of womanly endeavours, much of which is tediously predictable, the festival this year promises something a little more interesting with exhibitions by Durban photographer Val Adamson, Delhi-based installation artist Sonia Khurana, and a group of women crafters from the Lubombo Initiative.

Kenyan-born and Edinburgh-trained Val Adamson has developed a well-deserved reputation as a photographer of dance and theatre. Her current preoccupations, however, move beyond this world and in this show she focuses her lens on women, seeking to represent the "inherent beauty in women's shapes throughout life's changes". This exhibition will also explore new ways of presenting photographs and Adamson's experimentation with new media.

Sonia Khurana lives and works in Delhi and has worked in a variety of media including film, video, photography, performance and installation. After her initial training in art in Delhi, Khurana received a grant to study for a Masters in Fine Arts at the Royal College of Art in London. For this exhibition she presents two video installations, Bird and The Thing. Bird is the first in a series of very short films about the enclosing nature of self-image and the "inarticulateness" of the body, shot with a hand-held camera which sketches bodily movements in space. Khurana says, "Bird is about a body and it is about an encounter with failed flight. It is an investigation of two kinds of limitations: the body confronting its own flesh, and the forces of gravity. It is also a discrete questioning of the accounts of the body which overlook sexual difference." The Thing negotiates the "thin line between self-love and self-disgust".

The Lubombo Initiative grew out of a need to need to increase crafters' income in the region surrounding the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. In November 1999 a programme, funded by the National Department of Social Development, was launched that included product development, branding and marketing. A full range of newly developed crafts emerged from this programme. Bronwyn James, manager of craft and cultural programmes for the Lubombo Initiative, said: "What we're really trying to do is encourage people to put a modern spin on elements of traditional design, using basic materials."

The theme for the festival's conference this year is "Breaking New Ground: Women as Entrepreneurs in the Arts" which promises some interesting papers as well as the launch of a new edition of the respected journal Agenda.

The festival is sponsored by Transnet.

Opens: August 9 from 10am
Closes: August 12

The Playhouse Complex, Smith Street, Durban
Hours: Daily from 10am till late

For more information call (031) 369 9444. Festival brochures are available at TicketWeb outlets or at the Playhouse.


'Shebeens as social institutions' - lecture at KwaMuhle Museum

Hallie Stone, a doctoral student at Indiana University, will give a lecture titled 'Shebeens as social institutions - dance, music and the formation of cultural identity' on July 19. Stone is in South Africa researching performance art and its role in cultural identity in KwaMashu shebeens. She is funded by the South Africa Cultural and Heritage Project at Michigan State University and is at present based at KwaMuhle Museum. Her talk will investigate the cultural implications of dance styles including kwasa kwasa, mpantsula and the chicken.

Date: July 19 at 2pm

KwaMuhle Museum, 130 Ordinance Road, Durban
Tel: (031) 311 2223
Email: lynnec@crsu.durban.gov.za


Michelle Barrell

Michelle Barrell




'Blend' - Michelle Barrell at the BAT Centre's Democratic Gallery

Described as a "sensitive but emotive experience of fertility and conception observed in multi-layered images", 'Blend' is an exhibition of photographs by Durban artist Michelle Barrell, who specialises in black and white photography with an emphasis on toning and colouring. Barrell recently obtained a B Tech majoring in photography and art theory from the Technikon Natal. She has participated in several exhibitions; her installation Bed of Roses at the NSA Gallery embodied her concerns about matrimony through the decay of hundreds of roses. Barrell's statement reads: "Within the realm of the maternal are a multitude of preconceived expectations that are often involuntarily placed upon women. Before birth, the baby girl will most often already carry the seed for the next generation and, even at birth, she will already have her 'social responsibility' defined without her consent. 'Blend' is an exploration of conception and the reproductive body, whilst examining who has ownership of the body - the mother, the unborn child, the seed, or do they all co-habit in a mutually 'borrowed' space?"

Opening: July 12
Closing: August 4

BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour, Durban
Tel: (031) 332 0451 (Franki Hills)
Fax: (031) 332 2213
E-mail: info@batcentre.co.za
Website: www.batcentre.co.za Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat - Sun 9am - 4.30pm


Nomathemba Tana

Nomathemba Tana
You Will Indeed Be Clever to Come Through Fire with Water




'Egazini: The Battle of Grahamstown' at the NSA

In the main gallery at the NSA, 'Egazini: The Battle of Grahamstown' attempts to "recast history through printmaking". The Battle of Grahamstown in 1819 is often referred to as a critical turning point in South Africa's history. On April 22 that year, Makana, a Xhosa prophet under Chief Ndlambe, led an attack on the British garrison in Grahamstown, resulting in heavy losses for the amaXhosa. Within a few months of this battle, a combined force of Dutch colonists and British military expelled all the amaXhosa beyond the Keiskamma River. Rather than see his people decimated any further, Makana surrendered himself to Landdrost Andries Stockenstrom. The British sent Makana to Robben Island as a prisoner, where he drowned while attempting to escape on Christmas Day 1819.

Working with the Fine Line Press and the Underpressure Agency, in collaboration with members of the History Department of Rhodes University, a selection of visual artists has produced a diverse collection of graphic works focusing on heritage and legacy for this show. Participants were drawn from a wide arena including academic institutions, community centres, schools, research and archival deposits, museums, government departments, private enterprise, professional artists organisations and a women's craft group. Artists include Giselle Baillie, Violet Booi, Gabriel Clark-Brown, Christine Dixie, Roxandra Dardagan, Hilary Graham, Jacobus Kloppers, Vusi Khumalo, Nigel Mullins, Rosie Ngxingo, Dominic Thorburn and Zola Toyi.

Opening: Tuesday July 10 at 6pm
Closing: July 28

     See Reviews

NSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood
Tel: (031) 202 2293
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za


Siphiwe Zulu

Siphiwe Zulu
Church, 2001




Siphiwe Zulu - recent works at the NSA

Siphiwe Zulu exhibits recent works in the Mezzanine Gallery. Since 1990 Zulu has been steadily establishing himself as a painter of note in KwaZulu-Natal. Currently a mature student at the Technikon Natal, Zulu has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and was one of the first resident artists at the BAT Centre. This is his second solo exhibition.

His exposure to Impressionism by a former teacher shines through his recent work. Painting with brightly coloured dots and small marks over washes, Zulu builds up paintings with specific reference to the built environment, churches, township scenes, houses and streets. Another source of reference is traditional beadwork. Besides a formal resemblance to beading, these paintings also become codified and hold messages: of longing, hope and desire.

This exhibition received support from Durban Metro.

Opening: Tuesday July 10 at 6pm
Closing: July 28

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NSA Galleries, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood
Tel: (031) 202 2293
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za


Helen Clara Hemsley

Helen Clara Hemsley
Helen Aged Five
Installation detail




Helen Clara Hemsley in residence at the NSA

'being (t)here', in the Park Gallery and multimedia room, is the result of the NSA's first artist in residence project, featuring Helen Clara Hemsley. Currently living in Denmark, Hemsley was born in Durban in 1969 and lived in the city for 15 years. Her residency and exhibition investigate the concepts of being here, there, connected, disconnected, re-connected, knowledge, memories and stories. Durban sets the scene for this project, as an exploration of relationships - to South Africa, Hemsley's friends and family, her past as well as current experiences.

Through a series of interactions with Durban artists and old friends, Hemsley re-evaluates place, placeless-ness and belonging. For the past year Hemsley has communicated via e-mail with two Durban artists, Georgia Kotretsos and Liza du Plessis, exchanging stories in a kind of ongoing conversation. With Hemsley's arrival in Durban these artists met for the first time and made work together based on their past exchange.

Hemsley completed a BA Honours in Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art and has held a number of exhibitions in Copenhagen and Glasgow. Recent projects include 'Art in a Toilet', 'Art in a Fridge', 'Spine' and 'Free for Two Days'.

Residency: June 27 - July 10
Opening: July 10
Closing: July 29

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NSA Galleries, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood
Tel: (031) 202 2293
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za





Red Eye @rt at the Durban Art Gallery

Red Eye @rt for the month of July presents a mix of music, fashion and art with a bit of something for everyone. 'Art Electronica' is the theme of the visual art component and this includes a selection of video installations and other works by up-and-coming local artists. Fashion will be something of a tribute to the digital era with large-scale digital photo-prints of the recent DDC fashion show taken by photographer/designer Barry Downard.

If it's aural gratification you're after, you're spoilt for choice with three musical acts lined up for the event. The Jo'burg based 340ml are a fairly recent addition to the South African local music scene. Anyone harbouring a passion for electronic-based music can catch the Trancentral DJs in action with their brand of uplifting trance, and the Hlanganani Traditional Orchestra will raise the roof with their foot-stomping tribal sounds.

Stand-up comedian Krijay Govender's Things To Do In Durban When You're Dead promises a brilliant remedy for anyone with manic-depressive tendencies.

Entry R15 (students R10).

Friday July 6 from 6pm to 8pm

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall, Smith Street, Durban
Box 4085, Durban 4000
Tel: (031) 311 2262
Fax: (031) 311 2273
Gallery hours from 09:00am to 12:00pm


Sibusiso Dubazana

Sibusiso Dubazana




'Stepping In' - Sibusiso Dubazana at the BAT Centre's Intensive Care Café

Sibusiso 'Nana' Dubazana exhibits paintings and pastel drawings at the Intensive Care Café. Born in 1978 in Umbumbulu, south of Durban, Dubazana studied art at high school. After matriculating in 1996, he attended Saturday art classes at the Technikon Natal and at the BAT Centre with teachers Lene Templehof, Langa Magwa, Metty Njapha and Protus Phewa. From 1998 to 2000, Dubazana attended ML Sultan Technikon where he studied graphic design. He has already participated in a number of exhibitions at the BAT Centre and the DAG and is beginning to earn a name for himself with his lively and intense depictions of township life. Commissions include the BESG 2000 calendar and the Ithala Bank calendar.

Opening: July 3
Closing: July 31

BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour, Durban
Tel: (031) 332 0451 (Franki Hills)
Fax: (031) 332 2213
E-mail: info@batcentre.co.za
Website: www.batcentre.co.za Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm; Sat - Sun 9am - 4.30pm


Nkosinathi Jali

Nkosinathi Jali



'Journey/uHambo' - Nkosinathi Jali at the BAT Centre's Menzi Mcunu Gallery

'Journey/uHambo' is Nkosinathi Jali's first solo show, comprising recent prints and paintings. Born in 1965, Jali joined the uMzansi Art Centre in 1994, where he received instruction from Ken Godfrey. That same year, Jali won the KwaZulu Finance (KFC) calendar award, allowing him to finance his Graphic Design studies at the ML Sultan Technikon. During this time he teamed up with well-known KZN muralist Terry-Ann Stevens and painted murals all over the country. Later working as a freelance book illustrator and an art instructor, Jali started developing an interest in characters and portraiture, and says he is fascinated by people, their feelings and the way they present themselves in daily life. A regular exhibitor in Durban since 1994, he has also showed in 1994 at the Osibi Arts Festival, Australia, and the following year at the Funda Centre and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. He is currently employed by the Artworks Publishing and Communication Agency. This is Jali's first solo exhibition.

Opening: July 3
Closing: July 31

BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour, Durban
Tel: (031) 332 0451 (Franki Hills)
Fax: (031) 332 2213
E-mail: info@batcentre.co.za
Website: www.batcentre.co.za Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm; Sat - Sun 9am - 4.30pm

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