SA art’s bold young voices
The winners of the prestigious Sasol New Signatures award were announced this week. Garreth van Niekerk looks at a few of the best
The issues that came to the fore in the #RhodesMustFall movement were investigated some time before the infamous sculpture’s collapse through the living sculptures of Sethembile Msezane.
Her 2014 series of performance works that culminate as photographs in The Public Holiday series sees the artist mounting a plinth, dressed in traditional Zulu dress, to become the monument – a self-styled Lady Liberty.
“My aim was to highlight the significance of black women in the South African [political] landscape by asserting my body in public spaces, as a living sculpture, through the process of temporary monumentalisation.” Check out the top submissions for the
2015 Sasol New Signatures award on exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum,
Cnr Francis Baard (previously Shoeman) and Wessels streets, Arcadia Park, Pretoria, until October 4. Entrance is R22 for adults, R11 for pensioners and R5 for learners. The exhibition is open from Tuesday to
Sunday from 10am to 5pm
MARELI JANSE VAN RENSBURG A work by Mareli Janse van Rensburg transforms the image that defined this year’s xenophobic attacks
NELMARIE DU PREEZ This year’s winning entry is To Shout by Pretoria’s Nelmarie du Preez – a video work of her performance with her male Gui (Graphic User Interface) alter ego
RORY EMMETT Artist Rory Emmett attacks the notion of a ‘coloured man’ in this merit award-winning video work titled Transcending