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Archive: Issue No. 37, September 2000

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26.09.00 October Red Eye @rt
19.09.00 'The Inner City' at the NSA
05.09.00 'Framing Ourselves': An exploration of South African female identity
05.09.00 Yivume Wethu: A celebration of national heritage
26.09.00 Standard Bank Young Artist Prizewinner at the Tatham

Red Eye

Put your best butt forward
for the Butt photo booth
at Red Eye @rt


October Red Eye @rt

This month's Red Eye @rt sees the circus come to town with a host of carnival delights lined up for the evening. Local band Sideshow plus Johannesburg bands Never Machine Forever & Miss September will bring the house down in the Main Gallery while Trancentral DJs Smileyant and Trancemaster spin hard house and uplifting trance in the Circular Gallery.

The Linea Fashion Academy is set to wow the crowds with funky, fresh fashion and don't forget to check out this year's 'Heritage Day 2000' exhibition in galleries 3 and 4.

Performance includes a fire-show by the fabled Roots and Wings Dancers, clowns, stilt walkers, snake performers, the Ocean Rhythmic Gymnastics Team and acrobatic contortionists Nicholas and Jacob Nell of the Rainbow Brothers. Be sure to wear your best boxers and sexiest bikinis as the Butt Photo Booth is back with a vengeance and look out for tattoo/ piercing demos and giveaways by Dave Edwards of Body Art Studio.

Red Eye @rt takes place on Friday, October 6 at 6 p.m. in the Durban Art Gallery. Cover charge is R10 for students and members and R15 for non-members.

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall, Smith Street
Tel: (031) 300-6234/5/8
Gallery hours from 09:00 to 12:00

Graeme Williams

Graeme Williams
Parkview 1997 1997

The NSA Gallery Presents 'The Inner City'

Graeme Williams is presenting a body of work recently published in book form ('The Inner City' by Williams, Published by Ravan Press) - and exhibited over two days at Emmarentia Park in Johannesburg. The photographs take a sharp and quirky look at Johannesburg between 1989 and 1999, although most were taken between 1996 and 1998. Surreal and witty, they reveal an underbelly of urban living and experience in Johannesburg. Williams states that "my reason for photographing these particular aspects of Johannesburg was not so much to document the city as to reflect a time in my life".

Williams currently works as a freelance photographer for magazines, newspapers and corporations both in South Africa and abroad. His work has been exhibited locally and internationally and in 1996 he published The Floor, a book documenting the last days of open outcry trading on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Sunday September 24 - October 12, 4 p.m.

N S A Galleries, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Postal address: P.O. Box 37408, Overport, Durban, South Africa, 4067
Tel: (031) 202-2293

Mandisa Mbali

Mandisa Mbali
Ode to Un/Painted Woman
Oil on Canvas

Mandisa Mbali

Mandisa Mbali
Acrylic on Canvas Paper

'Framing Ourselves': An exploration of South African female identity

Female perspectives, bodies, and voices come to life in an exhibition by Mabatho Lesele and Mandisa Mbali, exploring their perspectives as young South African women. The exhibition, at the Bat Centre, features works in several media including oils, acrylics, woodcut prints, and linoprints. While working within a common set of ideas and themes each artist brings a unique perspective to their work, shaped by their personal histories and influences.

Mabatho Lesele is a South African-born African woman who grew up in apartheid South Africa. She is particularly interested in celebrating the strength of African female identity. Lesele works mainly in woodcut prints and focuses mainly directly on the body; "African woman have a different posture to the slender European woman. They are more curvy and round, and it is really interesting to look at [...]. I explored the female body contours in some of my art works. I found that I have the freedom to play around with the figures... to accentuate the African figure".

Mandisa Mbali's work is very much a manifestation of the complexities of her own identity. Born in the United Kingdom to a black South African father and white British mother Mbali's work expresses the many contradictions and challenges she faces as a woman of mixed cultural origins in contemporary South Africa; "There are many descriptions of myself I could give: an African/European; a South African British person; African/White/Mixed Race/Coloured person; a young woman. All my paintings are ultimately, in a figurative sense, self-portraits - I can always tell exactly which period of my life they refer to".

Lesele and Mbatho created 'Framing Ourselves' as an artistic dialogue about the female identity. Both artists are available for interviews. Mmabatho Lesele can be reached on 082 674-7791 and Mandisa Mbali on 082 871-8517.

The gallery is open to the public Mondays to Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour, Durban 4001, Tel: 031 332-0451).

Contact Njabulo Hlongwane, Visual Arts Coordinator (031) 332-0451 or, or Arjun Vinodrai, BAT Centre Tel: 031 332-0451, Fax: 031 332 2213. E-mail:, Web:

Closing: September 8, 2000

Menzi Mchunu Gallery
BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Small Crafts Harbour, Durban
Tel: (031) 332 0451

Nonhlanhla Mhlongo

Nonhlanhla Mhlongo
Untitled 2000
Oil on canvas

'Yivume Wethu': A celebration of national heritage

The primary aim of this exhibition is to provide artists resident in Kwa-Zulu Natal with an opportunity to present their understanding of the concept of heritage within the socio-political context of South Africa. For these purposes artists from all cultural backgrounds have been invited to take part. To ensure that works submitted for selection were of an acceptable standard, free art clinics were conducted by Jenny Cullinan and Paul Sibisi both in Pietermaritzburg and Durban on August 5 and 6. These sessions were used as forums for discussion of ideas around the theme and constructive criticism aimed at assisting the artists with management of their careers.

Exhibiting artists include Paul Sibisi, Trevor Makhoba, George Msimang, Zamokwakhe Gumede, Joseph Manana, Michelle Batchelder, Trevor Makhoba, Gobi Nkobo, Nonhlanhla Mhlongo, Pinky Madlabane, Nathi Gumede and Mduduzi Xakaza, to name a few.

The organisers are the Golden Scenario Art Projects, launched in Pietermaritzburg in 1997, an initiative by four visual artists working in various disciplines, media and themes: Zakhele Hlatshwayo, Phumzile Dlamini, Khanyisile Mbuli and Mduduzi Xakaza. The initial and main motive behind the formation of this organisation (currently growing at a spectacular rate in terms of general membership) was to secure both popular and business support of creative activity within the iNdlovu region of this province. This would help artists determine and pursue marketing goals to meet their economic needs and gain a sense of self-dependency. The main goal is to create solidarity amongst artists that share the same experiences and convictions.

The exhibition received funding from the Kwa-Zulu Natal Arts and Culture Trust.

For more information, contact Storm Janse van Rensburg or Nathi Gumede

September 3 - 21

N S A Galleries, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Postal address: P.O. Box 37408, Overport, Durban, South Africa, 4067
Tel: (031) 202-2293

Alan Alborough

Alan Alborough
Standard Bank Young Artist Award Show
Installation detail


Standard Bank Young Artist Prizewinner at the Tatham

Alan Alborough is fulfilling his promise to have his work evolve as it moves around the South African exhibition circuit. In each space, and the Tatham is the third stop for the show, the work, elusive, difficult, and beautiful looks somewhat different. The passage of time is allowing certain images to become imprinted on parts of the work. Check out for pictures of the installation as it now is, and reviews and comments from visitors.

Until October 8.

Tatham Art Gallery, Cnr Longmarket St and Commercial Rd, Pietermaritzburg
Tel: (033) 342 1801
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.