Fes­ti­val set to host stu­dent art ex­hibit

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WAL­TER Sisulu Uni­ver­sity (WSU) Fine Arts stu­dents’s art­works are set to bring a new ex­cit­ing feel to the Gra­ham­stown Na­tional Art Fes­ti­val this week­end.

Fine Arts lec­turer, Son­wabiso Ng­cai said this year would be the sev­enth con­sec­u­tive year that stu­dents would be show­cas­ing aca­demic work at the fes­ti­val.

“This year we are in­tend­ing to bring about sig­nif­i­cant change with strict fo­cus on the qual­ity of work be­ing se­lected for the fes­ti­val. The change seeks to im­pact on the en­tire look of the ex­hi­bi­tion – to have a look of more pro­fes­sion­ally cu­rated ex­hi­bi­tion,” he said.

Third year fine arts stu­dent, Lu­manyani Gosana, who will be ex­hibit­ing his work for the sec­ond time at the fes­ti­val, said he was grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to show­case his work to a much big­ger au­di­ence

“It is a plea­sure to show­case my work and my tal­ent to dif­fer­ent peo­ple from across the world. The prepa­ra­tions hap­pened a bit faster this year, since our lec­tur­ers were in­volved in a strike that took al­most a month. So we only started pre­par­ing our art­works this week.”

Gosana said he will be show­cas­ing his art­works un­der three dif­fer­ent themes.

“My first piece is a wood­cut print­mak­ing art­work ti­tled Fad­ing of Xhosa Cul­ture. The sec­ond piece is also a wood­cut print­mak­ing ti­tled Pil­lar of Strength – it's about the hard­ships and suf­fer­ings faced by a woman. Then I have three thin mar­quet sculp­tures ti­tled Home of Leg­ends.

I looked at the East­ern Cape and no­ticed it's still an un­der­de­vel­oped prov­ince, al­though it has pro­duced leg­ends like Nel­son Man­dela. Peo­ple in the prov­ince are still in chains of poverty,” he said.

Ng­cai said the art­works se­lected are a body of work from last year’s aca­demic cal­en­dar in­ter­spersed with some later works this year.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion team, which in­cludes my col­league Mzi­wox­olo Makalima; two Btech stu­dents, Won­galethu Max­iniva and Khany­isa Kalane; and two third-year stu­dents, Lu­manyano Gosani and Natalie De Mor­ney- Ma­haraj, are very keen on the di­rec­tion the ex­hi­bi­tion is go­ing to take go­ing for­ward. These four stu­dents will take turns in cu­rat­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion as part of their aca­demic ex­pe­ri­ence,” Ng­cai said..

Pic­ture: SIPHOKAZI VUSO

SHOW­CASE ART: Won­galethu Max­iniva, left, Khany­isa Kalane, lec­turer Mzi­wox­olo Makalima, Natalie de Mor­ney-Ma­haraj, lec­turer Son­wabiso Ncai, and Lu­manyano Gosana with some of the art works that will be show­cased by Wal­ter Sisulu Uni­ver­sity stu­dents at...

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