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05.08.07 Sita Moyo at artSPACE durban
05.08.07 ''Under 21' at the KZNSA Gallery
05.08.07 Gabisile Nkosi and Lindelani Ngwenya at the African Art Centre
05.08.07 Gerard Sekoto at Durban Art Gallery
05.08.07 Cheryl Penn at artSPACE durban
05.08.07 Adrienne D'Aeth at artSPACE durban

01.07.07 'Images of Remembrance' at the DUT Art Gallery
01.07.07 'Breathing Spaces' at the Durban Art Gallery
01.07.07 'Common ground' at the KZNSA Gallery

DURBAN

Sita Moyo

Sita Moyo
Reclining 2
watercolour on paper
40 x 60 cm

Sita Moyo

Sita Moyo
In Her Own Image
image still from animation

Sita Moyo

Sita Moyo
Moment of Abandon
oil on canvas
140 x 140 cm


Sita Moyo at artSPACE durban

In 'Show Me His', UKZN Fine Arts Master's graduate Sita Moyo celebrates the sensual male body as visual spectacle. Moyo's works in various media, including painting and animation, both encourage the pleasurable gaze on the part of the viewer as well as engage with the individual model's responses to being viewed in this manner.

Moyo creates a space allowing her to present her own gaze, thus inviting the audience to both identify with this and engage with the experience of the subjects of the works.

Opens: 6.30pm, July 30
Closes: August 18



'Under 21' at the KZNSA Gallery

The Nivea Gallery space at the KZNSA Gallery is designated to promote the work of young artists. In the upcoming exhibition 'Under 21', Claude Chandler bases his paintings on portraiture and the historic meanings of clothing, while Lydon Cadle explores the tactile viscerality of leather.

For further information, contact Ida Heydenrych at: admin@kznsagallery.co.za

Opens: July 31
Closes: August 19


Lindelani Ngwenya

Lindelani Ngwenya
African Queen I
copper wire
62 x 26cm

Lindelani Ngwenya

Lindelani Ngwenya
Ngwenya Nomkhubulwana II (Mother Earth)
wire<


Gabisile Nkosi and Lindelani Ngwenya at the African Art Centre

'Ukwelapha' (Healing) features works by Gabisile Nkosi and Lindelani Ngwenya. In celebration of the women's month of August, the works celebrate feminine spiritual and physical healing powers. Nkosi explores this theme in linocut prints and Ngwenya in copper wire sculptures.

Dina Cormick will open the exhibition.

Opens: August 15
Closes: August 30


Gerard Sekoto

Gerard Sekoto
Study for Bernard, the Artist's Brother Asleep 1945
pencil on paper

Gerard Sekoto

Gerard Sekoto
Untitled (Two men in chains with arms raised) c. 1983
watercolour


Gerard Sekoto at the Durban Art Gallery

Gerard Sekoto died in Paris on March 20, 1993. In 2000, the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology donated the contents of his studio to the Iziko South African National Gallery.

This exhibition at the DAG comprises a small but choice selection of works on paper as well as a display of memorabilia. A number of drawings on the exhibition provide fascinating insight into Sekoto's working methods. One example is the Study for The Donkey Cart (1946), which is a study for an oil painting. The sketch captures the essence of the scene in a few, brilliant strokes. A comparison with the final painting shows a number of detailed changes all of which result in a more taut composition and is evidence of the care and attention Sekoto devoted to the work.

Other similar examples on the exhibition are the Study for Bernard, the artist's brother asleep (1945), and the Study for Two Friends, a pencil drawing of 1940. Of interest too are the previously unknown illustrations for children's stories, and, in stark contrast, the political drawings he made in response to the Sharpeville massacre.

Opens: August 17
Closes: September 23


Cheryl Penn

Consolations 2007
mixed media
60 x 200cm


Cheryl Penn at artSPACE durban

Cheryl Penn attempts to portray the complexities of life via the medium of symbols. Her mixed media works make use of symbols, which operate in a dynamic, emotive and conceptual manner to represent information - information on a surface level, as well as embedded information.

Opens: 6.30pm, August 20
Closes: September 8


Adrienne D'Aeth

Adrienne D'Aeth
installation work of knitted fishing line (detail)

Adrienne D'Aeth

Adrienne D'Aeth
oil on canvas (detail)


Adrienne D'Aeth at artSPACE durban

'Waiting' is a solo exhibition of paintings and mixed media works by Adrienne D'Aeth. According to the artist, 'We live in a world of finite resources whose allocation is decided by committees, sub-committees and other sundry bodies. Toothless watchdogs are appointed to watch over our interests. The intention of this body of work is to explore the consequences of vacillation, procrastination and prevarication.'

Opens: 6.30pm, August 20
Closes: September 8


Lukas van Vuuren

Lukas van Vuuren
Flag at City 1998
mixed media


'Images of Remembrance' at the DUT Art Gallery

'Images of Remembrance', initially curated by Frances van Melsen in 1998, will be on view at the DUT Art Gallery from July 6.

The exhibition consists of mixed media panels created by artist Lukas van Vuuren, which were based on photographs taken by DUT lecturer Joey Rampersad and students. The re-hanging of this exhibition coincides with the Towards an Africa without Borders Conference, which will be held between July 5 and July 8 at the DUT.

The exhibition is to be opened by Prithiraj Dullay.

Opens: July 6
Closes: August 25


Jenny Gordon

Jenny Gordon
black and white photograph

Jenny Gordon

Jenny Gordon
Olga Labuschagne, her grandson Quinton
and his friend Peter in her flat,
Hime Street, Austerville. September 2003
colour photograph


'Breathing Spaces' at the Durban Art Gallery

'Breathing Spaces': Environmental Portraits of Durban's Industrial South' is a photographic exploration of three Durban neighbourhoods - Wentworth, Merebank and Lamontville. The exhibition consists of photography by Jenny Gordon from Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies and research by Marijke du Toit of Historical Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Gordon's photographs are juxtaposed with decades-old studio and other family photographs drawn from the personal collections of people living in the South Durban neighbourhoods. These are accompanied by images taken by residents - adults and teenagers - during photography workshops run by her.

Durban's urban geography reflects race and class inequities that persist beyond apartheid. Wentworth, Merebank and Lamontville (formely categorised as 'coloured', 'Indian' and 'African') are located in the immediate vicinity of refineries and other industry. The area has been the centre of much controversy and activism about the levels of industrial pollution experienced by residents. The exhibition is an inquiry into what it means to live in an environment still strongly structured by the geographies of apartheid city planning, by poverty and industrial pollution.

The exhibition explores how environmental injustice translates into day-to-day living and how people have made lives for themselves, also asking questions about gender and identity, and the experience of people from different generations. The photographs will be accompanied by extracts from interviews that seek to historicise and bring a range of personal and 'local' responses to the photographs into the space of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be complemented by an educational programme in the form of guided tours for local schools and a focussed workshop series that will explore possibilities for autobiographical and other creative writing inspired by the exhibition photographs.

Opens: July 12
Closes: August 21


Raksha Gorbardan

Raksha Gorbardan
ceramic

Carla da Cruz

Carla da Cruz
ceramic


'Common Ground' at the KZNSA Gallery

'Common Ground' features new works from artists Raksha Gobardan, Vena Naidoo, Carla da Cruz, Witty Nyide, Lindsay Phillips and Alison North. Numerous students have passed through the Durban University of Technology's Ceramics Department over the years under the guidance of Hendrik Stroebel. The seven participating artists illustrate a cross section of ceramicists produced by the department in the last decade.

Head of the DUT Fine Art Department John Roome will be open the exhibition.

Opens: July 31
Closes: August 19

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