Artists unite for first show

Group show­cas­ing work while in­form­ing pub­lic


Uk­wanda Col­lec­tive will hold their first pub­lic art ex­hi­bi­tion at The Mall foyer in King William’s Town on Satur­day, show­cas­ing var­i­ous pho­to­graphic works.

Ex­hi­bi­tion con­venor Yanga Mgabadeli said Uk­wanda was a col­lec­tive of art prac­ti­tion­ers from the East­ern Cape who shared a de­sire to de­velop au­di­ence ap­pre­ci­a­tion for con­tem­po­rary arts in their com­mu­ni­ties.

“Uk­wanda loosely trans­lates to “ex­pand” or “de­velop”. This de­fines the in­tent of the col­lec­tive to ad­vance art in

we want to re­vive the in­for­ma­tion about our his­tory and her­itage

the prov­ince as a tool for eco­nom­i­cally ac­tive change in our com­mu­ni­ties through en­gag­ing and fea­si­ble art projects,” he said.

Their ob­jec­tive is to fos­ter col­lab­o­ra­tions between artists in dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines, within a pro­vin­cial and na­tional net­work, com­mer­cially nur­ture the art mar­ket lo­cally, cre­ate a skills-shar­ing and as­sis­tant pro­gramme for as­pir­ing artists, and to in­cor­po­rate cre­ative arts in ru­ral and town­ship com­mu­ni­ties.

“We are a col­lab­o­ra­tive project that seeks to cre­ate a se­ries of pub­lic art­works dis­tin­guish­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of her­itage spa­ces in re­la­tion to so­cial, eth­nic, tra­di­tional and cul­tural dy­nam­ics in between ur­ban and ru­ral set­tings.

“The project uses the pho­tog­ra­phy and tex­tile de­sign dis­ci­plines as a ve­hi­cle for pub­lic in­ter­ven­tion.

“This will be dis­played with vis­ual pro­jec­tions, pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tions and a fash­ion show at the lo­cal taxi rank, en­gag­ing di­rectly with the var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties that com­mute through this space.

“The col­lec­tive’s vis­ual art­works and cloth­ing de­signs will be in­formed by the art di­rec­tion plan cre­ated from re­search­ing the lo­cals’ nar­ra­tives on her­itage,” Mgabadeli said.

The main pur­pose was to raise aware­ness about the his­tory of Xhosa her­itage.

“We as the youth have the ten­dency to ne­glect our roots, as his­tory is not taught well. There is no en­try fee be­cause we do not want to gen­er­ate any in­come but rather we want to re­vive the in­for­ma­tion about our his­tory and her­itage,” Mgabadeli said.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

EN­GAG­ING: Uk­wanda Col­lec­tive mem­ber Yanga Mgabadeli

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