Po­etry, vis­ual art com­bine in ex­hi­bi­tion

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

UP-AND-COM­ING artistes, poet Khosi Ra­jeke and vis­ual artist Khosi Mot­loang, will on Satur­day hold an ex­hi­bi­tion at Vic­tory Restau­rant in Maseru.

The duo goes com­bined their two art forms in 2014 and come up with the name Khosi­afines in a bid to make in­roads into the lo­cal mar­ket.

Mot­loang told the Week­ender this week he was op­ti­mistic the ex­hibi- tion would launch their “spo­ken po­etry through art” to a wider au­di­ence, adding that join­ing hands with Ra­jeke had com­ple­mented his art form.

“I used to work alone and drew in­spi­ra­tion from vet­eran vis­ual artist Mok­itimi Meshu. Back then, I fo­cused on draw­ing por­traits upon re­quest or sim­ply drew images from my imag­i­na­tion,” he said.

Mot­loang said he was in­tro­duced to Ra­jeke by a friend and soon re- al­ized his draw­ings could ben­e­fit from col­lab­o­ra­tion since the po­etry is based on African sto­ries.

“The late Ital­ian vis­ual artist Leonardo Da Vinci once said: ‘Paint­ing is po­etry that is seen rather than felt, and po­etry is paint­ing that is felt rather than seen,’” he said.

“And this ex­plains the essence of com­bin­ing our art forms. To see what I have drawn and to hear his po­etry is akin to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a back and forth jour­ney be­tween two pow­er­ful emo­tional fields. It is not a ques­tion of un­der­stand­ing the paint­ings, but of pick­ing up their vibes and more like play­ing in a band.”

Mot­loang also said there was noth­ing new about col­lab­o­ra­tions like theirs as “po­ets and artists have bummed around to­gether for years”.

“One other thing is that vis­ual art is not yet recog­nised in the country, so I brought Ra­jeke on board so that he could give peo­ple a wider un­der­stand­ing of my pic­tures through po­ems. In other words, peo­ple can ex­pect po­ems that ex­plain most of the paint­ings that will be ex­hib­ited on Satur­day.”

The duo will be sup­ported by such lo­cal po­ets as Ver­bal Reigns, TDY and Mon­tšo Molotsi. The ex­hi­bi­tions will be held twice a year on an an­nual ba­sis with the next ear­marked for De­cem­ber.

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