This week promises be one for the history books, three fantastic artists opening new exhibitions from Thursday to Saturday.
Up first we have “FREEDOM OF _ _ EECH” by Ayanda Mabulu and Vusi Beauchamp opening on Thursday evening at 6:30PM
Quite possibly two of the most important political artists of our time, the artworks of Ayanda Mabulu and Vusi Beauchamp often explore themes such as government corruption, post-apartheid identity, censorship, contemporary politics, satire and the media’s ability to shape perceptions of reality.
In this latest exhibition, new works from each artist are paired together to create a type of dual vision where a single narrative is translated from two separate viewpoints.
While there is a large cross over between personal and political ideologies, each artist has formulated their response to current South African events in isolation and with a unique visual language that casts each voice in a different light.
The title of the exhibition refers to the proclamation “freedom of speech” as well as The South African protection of State Information Bill, commonly referred to as the Secrecy Bill and the South African Bill of Rights.
The “secrecy bill” was passed by the National Assembly in April 2013 after tremendous criticism and allegations that the bill would ultimately be used to decrease Government transparency and cover up corruption. The title is also linked to section 16 of the constitutional Bill of Rights which declares:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes:
freedom of the press and other media,
freedom to receive or impart information or ideas and freedom of artistic creativity.
The notion of protection granted by the Constitution becomes slightly comical when considering that both Ayanda and Vusi have received numerous threats against their person along with constant harassment due to the ideas portrayed within their artworks. For this reason the word “speech” has been censored to read “eech” pertaining to our individual freedoms as South African citizens.
Please follow the link for more information on these two exciting and controversial artists.
On Saturday afternoon we have Maja Maljevic exhibiting a highly anticipated selection of new paintings in the Wreckroom “room with a view” opens at 12 noon.