Financial Mail - - LIFE OUTBOX - Sarah Bui­ten­dach

There are some great new art ex­hi­bi­tions on around the coun­try. The FM has cho­sen three eclec­tic ex­am­ples we think you should make an ef­fort to catch.

Yinka Shoni­bare MBE: Good­man Gallery, Joburg

With his use of ev­ery­thing from fab­ric to film, Lon­don-born and La­gos-raised Shoni­bare will, with his new show, make you think about nar­ra­tives of power and rein­ven­tion in re­la­tion to the rise and fall of Western em­pires and Africa’s strug­gles for in­de­pen­dence.

The African Li­brary is an in­stal­la­tion worth tak­ing par­tic­u­lar note of. It re­flects on the con­tri­bu­tions of peo­ple such as Kwame Nkrumah and Nel­son Man­dela to African in­de­pen­dence strug­gles af­ter World War 2. For this piece, 5,000 books were cov­ered in “African” tex­tiles. They bear the names of postin­de­pen­dence African pres­i­dents and fa­mous Africans in lit­er­a­ture, science, mu­sic, art, en­gi­neer­ing and theatre, as well as pro-african Euro­peans. It’s the first time that this ver­sion of The African Li­brary will be shown.

The show runs from the Septem­ber 1 to Oc­to­ber 6.


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