Swiss town hosts art expo
Eight local artists’ work to be showcased where it’ll reach wider audience of art lovers, buyers
EIGHT local artists will have their works showcased at the Anomalies exhibition in Switzerland where they are expected to reach a wider audience of art lovers and buyers.
The exhibition started yesterday and will run until May 22 this year in the Swiss town of Neuchâtel.
The KZN artists will not be in Switzerland personally but their work is exhibited courtesy of the Semaphore, the first Swiss gallery entirely dedicated to African contemporary art.
The gallery offers talented African artists the opportunity to exhibit art that uses hybrid forms of expression, establishes crosscultural conversations, has a distinctive personal character and/or engages in sociopolitical commentary.
Speaking about this rare opportunity for them to reach the lucrative Swiss market, Umlaziborn Mandisa Buthelezi, 26, one of the artists with work there said this was a golden opportunity for them to reach a wider audience.
“This will give us and our work muchneeded publicity.
“On top of that, we will have access to the overseas market which loves and collects art that is unique and archive it,” Buthelezi said.
Talking about her art, Buthelezi said hers was called Izithunzi Zami (my shades). It’s about a visual diary of spiritual identity of a young woman.
Set in a foreign environment, it speaks of a magical encounter the subject has with herself, often displaying gestures of discomfort and darkness, forcing her to face and challenge issues of identity, gender and spirituality.
“This internal conversation metaphorically sees the unfolding of dialogue into spiritual dimensions where the strong symbolism of cleansing and ancestral interactions informs the deconstruction of the constructed female image.
“The use of light and shades is used to emphasise the complexity and devalue of the strong position women, particularly black women, have in society.
“This illustrates the displacement of women’s positions and their voice in a societal context.
“The loose elements of nature in the work confront this reality by taking the subject back to her roots of her being,” she said.
The other artists whose work is being exhibited are Simanga Zondo from KwaMashu, Siwa Mgoboza from Durban, Alice Mann, Tatenda Chidora, Matthew Kay, Mohamed Ouedraogo and Vincent Bezuidenhout.
Meanwhile, the international market will get a chance to sample some of the country’s award winning establishments at Africa’s Premier Tourism event, the annual tourism indaba next month.
This year, for the first time, the Tourism Grading Council of SA (TGCSA) will have a luxury pavilion showcasing fivestar products and Lilizela Awardwinning properties, Darryl Erasmus, the TGCSA chief quality assurance officer said.
“So, the TGCSA fivestar pavilion at Indaba 2017 is a great opportunity for South African fivestar establishments to showcase our globally competitive, highquality services and facilities.”
The indaba will take place at the Durban ICC between May 16 and 18. The tourism trade show is expected to attract more than 7000 international delegates, including buyers, exhibitors, media and visitors, to experience and hear about all things African tourism.
GOLDEN CHANCE: Mandisa Buthelezi from Umlazi is one of the eight local artists chosen to showcase her work at the Anomalies exhibition in Switzerland.