TONY GUM Of tra­di­tion and MODER­NITY

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In­sta­gram sen­sa­tion Tony Gum has fi­nally got a solo ex­hi­bi­tion, ti­tled Ode to She, at the Christo­pher Moller Gallery in Cape Town. The show, which opened last Fri­day, strik­ingly ex­presses the evo­lu­tion of cul­ture and the mul­ti­tudes she con­tains. It also brings to light ques­tions about worlds old and new. “Tra­di­tion is the fuel of cul­ture,” says Gum.

For her ex­hi­bi­tion, Gum set about com­bin­ing mod­ern tech­nol­ogy with tra­di­tional themes to draw a bridge be­tween the two, cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful union that cel­e­brates and el­e­vates a new way of life.

Tra­di­tion and cul­ture evolve; tra­di­tion needs to evolve to keep up with mod­ern times. For­tu­nately and un­for­tu­nately, this will make peo­ple feel un­com­fort­able, she reck­ons.

Her work, of­ten por­tray­ing top­less women, raises ques­tions about how women are ob­jec­ti­fied in art.

To her, how­ever, the work is about more than nu­dity. It is be­yond the be­ing of her­self, Tony Gum. She speaks of a broader nar­ra­tive in which she is the sub­ject, an an­chor that drives the point.

Gum, who Vogue magazine once named the “coolest girl in Cape Town”, now aims for her work to get phys­i­cally be­yond her. She wants to doc­u­ment other women’s sto­ries through her writ­ing, im­agery and film.

Her dream is for her work to be a fo­cus of study and to act as a foun­da­tion for ed­u­ca­tional and art de­vel­op­ment within African com­mu­ni­ties and be­yond.

Although most of the works of art fea­tured here are from her solo ex­hi­bi­tion, some im­ages, in­clud­ing the ones with a baby and the milk jug, are part of a series called Milked in Africa, which was re­leased last year.

PHO­TOS: TONY GUM

ODE TO SHE Artist in learn­ing, Tony Gum re­cently launched her first solo ex­hi­bi­tion that ex­plores what it is to be a Xhosa woman. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs at Christo­pher Moller Gallery in Cape Town un­til Novem­ber 3

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