Swiss town hosts art expo

Eight lo­cal artists’ work to be show­cased where it’ll reach wider au­di­ence of art lovers, buy­ers

The New Age (Gauteng) - - KWAZULU-NATAL NEWS - SIHLE MAVUSO prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

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.

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