1 September 2018, Norval Museum, Cape Town
RSVP via our website is essential – the talk is free with museum admission.
Batlhaping Ba Re! is a solo exhibition by Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi (born 1943, South Africa) featuring paintings, etchings and a sculpture from a career spanning five decades. The exhibition reflects on Sebidi’s continuous dedication to mythologies, ancestry and traditional value systems, and highlights the innovations that have characterised the artist’s practice in recent years.
Batlhaping Ba Re! foregrounds the notion of the sonic and is an invitation to metaphorically ‘listen’ to Sebidi’s two-dimensional artworks. Beyond experiencing the work visually, viewers are invited to imagine what Batlhaping are sharing with us in Sebidi’s overpopulated, haunting and phantasmagorical depictions of the human.
Through her unique depiction of the human figure, we come to appreciate Sebidi’s representation of different forms of black being, and a search into the relationship between humanism, spiritualism and the contemporary black African condition.
Join us in celebrating the exhibition opening, featuring the exhibition’s curator, Portia Malatjie, in dialogue with the Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi.
The combined event starts at 4pm and is appropriate for all ages; no formal art education is required.