Beyond The Ear,
Oil on board
Khaya Sineyile at AVA
Khaya Sinyile presents Rewind in the Artsstrip. When your arm stretched over your head, can touch your ear, then you can go to school. Throw your baby teeth onto the roof of the house, and then your grand mother will bring you new ones. These are the transient processes, child hood rituals, games and stories Sineyile remembers from his youth. Rewind is a body of paintings that rework the stylised visual language of the cartoons Sineyile watched as a child. Through this series of paintings, Sineyile rewinds, retells and reviews remembrances from a childhood passed with wit, whimsy and humour.
07 May - 01 June
View From Where Brian Ngqulunga Was Buried (Detail),
Renzske Scholtz presents Vlakplaas in the Main gallery. In 1979 Scholtz's grandfather sold his farm whose name 'Vlakplaas' (Shallow farm) had, for years, signalled the flat, peaceful plains of the Highveld, to the State Security Department. He did not know that it would become the headquarters of the C1 Unit from 1979 to 1993. Operating as a parliamentary hit squad, the C1 unit captured political opponents of the government, tortured them and then either turned them, making them Askaris or executed them. This exhibition examines the ways in which land can become transformed by the events that it bears witness to. Vlakplaas the exhibition confronts both the artists irrepressible attachment to an ancestral home and the ways in which land itself can appear changed, not by any physical alteration, but by the events that occur on it.
Natasja Maria Fourie
Christopher #1 ,
'Didn't want to be your Ghost'
Natasja Maria Fourie
In Didn't want to be your Ghost, Fourie offers the viewer insight into a collection of intimate moments. The exhibition hangs like a poem of photographs in which Fourie explores her personal curiosities and fears. Gravitating towards content that scrutinizes the complexities of companionship, intimacy and the vulnerability of the human body, Fourie’s images capture how we share our thoughts, feelings, lives and bodies. Fourie and her subjects are at times perfumed with a spray of sentiment, emotion, fantasy, and in other instances they are stripped raw, reflecting realties of decay, mortality and ruin.