New shows at NSA feature cartoons, photographs, young artists' work
'Black and White In Ink: Under the Skin of South African Cartooning' an exhibition of cartooning
Plus three other shows: 'Sharp!', an exhibition of photographs from the Market Theatre Photography Workshop, 'Suspension' the second instalment of Young Artist Project (YAP) an installation and animation by Lyndon Daniels and 'Imisebenzi yezandla 2' documentation of the NSA Training Arts Programme - all at the NSA Gallery
'Black and White In Ink: Under the Skin of South African Cartooning', curated by Andy Mason (Durban) and Anton Kannemeyer (Johannesburg) features the work of 25 South African cartoonists, from the celebrated giants of the field to unknown newcomers. The exhibition consists of two parts: a retrospective of the work of 12 anti-apartheid cartoonists who were active in the last two decades of the apartheid era; and new work by 13 emerging post-apartheid cartoonists.
The opening night will feature a unique 'Cartoon Jam', initiated by the organizers to capitalise on the presence in Durban of artists on the forefront of cartooning - including Joe Dog from Bitterkomix fame, Zapiro and Rico from 'Madam and Eve'. The 'Cartoon Jam' will be a collaborative cartoon and will be completed on opening night and will be on display for the duration of the exhibition.
Featuring an unusual selection of artists, both mainstream and underground, the retrospective side of the exhibition looks at a wide range of cartooning genres and styles, from the hugely influential political cartoons of Zapiro and Francis and Rico's Madam and Eve to the little-known rantings of self-published feminist cartoonist Wild Beast and N.D. Mazin's Vittoke in Azania. The exhibition will also feature prominent Durban cartoonist Daily News' Nanda Sooben, Richard Smith's famous Vorster-era strip, Smith and Abbot Ink, Len Sak's Jojo, Mogorosi Mothshumi's Sloppy, the late Derek Bauer's blistering satire and the infamous Bitterkomix are also on display, along with work by Alastair Findlay of City Press.
South Africa's cartooning renaissance is represented by Bethuel Mangena (Sowetan Sunday World), Sifiso Yalo (Umafrika), Siphiwo Sobopha (Sunday Sun) and Themba Siwela (Bona), as well as unpublished artists from the Durban Cartoon Project and the Jozi Comix Project. Past and future come together in this important exhibition that focuses on issues of identity in South African life and how these are reflected by cartoonists. A catalogue published in the form of a comics magazine will be launched at the exhibition.
The exhibition has two main functions. The first is documentary: to stimulate a process of discovering, documenting and interrogating South Africa's cartooning history. There have been very few attempts to gain an overview of South African cartooning and this exhibition takes a first step in the process of reclaiming this hidden history. The second function is interventionist: aiming to identify new cartoonists and help provide an enabling environment in which they are able to develop their skills and gather a popular readership.
'Black and White in Ink' forms part of an international comic art festival, 'Comics Galore', a six month programme of events dedicated to Comic Art in South Africa, presented and curated by Pro Helvetia, The French Institute of South Africa, Anton Kannemeyer and the Durban Cartoon Project.
The exhibition is organised in association with The Centre For Fine Art, Animation and Design, Durban, Artworks Publishing, Durban, Bitterkomix, Johannesburg/Cape Town, School of Fine Arts, Durban Institute of Technology and the Department of Graphic Design, Technikon Witwatersrand.
For more information please contact Andy Mason, Durban Cartoon Project Tel: 031 303 6466 Cell: 082 899 3091 e-mail: email@example.com
In the Mezzanine Gallery is 'Sharp!' an exhibition of photographs from the Market Theatre Photography Workshop's book edited by Brenton Maart and TJ Lemon with an introduction by David Goldblatt
This visually superb publication and exhibition highlights the changing face of South Africa through the eyes of the Market Theatre Photography Workshop. Since the opening of the school in 1989 in central Johannesburg, the Market Photography Workshop (MPW) has been involved with a diversity of 'clicksters' - as students, teachers, mentors and community members. Founded by David Goldblatt MPW's function is to develop visual literacy skills in photography. Along the way, the MPW has helped develop important South African photographers. Utilising a variety of genres such as portraiture, socio-political documentary and advertising 'Sharp' captures a variety of visions.
Featuring works by contemporary award-winners such as Themba Hadebe, Jodi Bieber, Ruth Motau and Motlhalefi Mahlabe alongside narratives by David Goldblatt, TJ Lemon, Cedric Nunn and Jenny Gordon 'Sharp!' also captures politics, popular culture and society over the past 14 years through student eyes. Lolo Veleko, Makgotso Gulube, Bonile Bam, Sydney Seshibedi, Sylvia Moresche and Johnny Onverwacht amongst others are featured as well as individuals and communities around South Africa who are engaged with documenting their own lives.
MPW is funded by the CWCI Fund: A Joint Initiative of National Treasury and the European Union.
In the Multimedia Room is 'Suspension', an installation and animation by Lyndon Daniels who is the second recipient of an exhibibition in the NSA Gallery Young Artist Project (YAP). YAP is an ongoing NSA initiative to nurture and support young artists and the project is supported by funding from Pro-Helvetia (Arts Council of Switzerland) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Daniels is based in Pietermaritzburg where he produces digital design and animation work for television and corporate videos. The animation process for Daniels is multilayered - he utilises drawings, found images and sculptural works to layer and build his animations - most of which are made for digital platforms. However, his main interest is in less commercially driven animation and installation work. 'Suspension' will incorporate some of the sculptural elements used in his animations.
Finally, the Park Gallery presents 'Imisebenzi yezandla 2'. This exhibition shows documentation of the various educational and development projects facilitated annually by the NSA Training Arts Programme. It will be opened by Debbie Matthew, Executive Director of the Aids Foundation South Africa
Opening: October 8
Closing: October 27
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