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

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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

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