The intricacies of artistic output from different regions, countries, cities, and individuals cannot be condensed into a single narrative. The curatorial intention, therefore, is to reflect on the concept of ‘material’. This is defined as both intangible ideas and physical substance. Woven through this selection is a common interest in materiality and especially in concepts and values attributed to materials, alternative mediums, and contemporary appropriation of traditional techniques. The works span the mediums of painting, photography, bead work, sculpture, crochet, embroidery and found materials.
As the Stellenbosch University Museum celebrates 100 years by looking forward, this exhibition’s artworks, when viewed collectively, represent and celebrate the ‘material gains’ which have positively impacted the stability and sustainability of Africa’s visual arts. These include rapid growth in urbanisation, advances in technology, strengthening international and local art markets, and access to funding and sales revenue filtering through arts organisations that support creativity and experimentation.
Including works by:
Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou | Arlene Amaler-Raviv | Audrey Anderson | Tamlin Blake | Lizette Chirrime | Malcolm Dare | Barend De Wet | Ricky Ayanda Dyaloyi | Paul Emmanuel | Liza Grobler | Robert Hodgins | Marlise Keith | David Koloane | Zemba Luzamba | Elisa Mangka | Michele Mathison | Maurice Mbikayi | Ronald Muchatuta | Wycliffe Mundopa | Terrence Musekiwa | Miriro Mwandiambira | Lisbeth Nkoadi | Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude | Qubeka Fine Art Bead Studio | Cinga Sampson | Chibuike Anselem Uzoma | Sue Williamson | Dale Yudelman | Billie Zangewa | Portia Zvavahera
Opens 26 July - 20 October 2018
About the curator
Candice Allison is a writer and curator based in Johannesburg where she recently joined the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios as the Director. Independent curatorial projects include Kudzanai Chiurai’s solo exhibitions Madness and Civilization (2018) at Goodman Gallery Cape Town, and We Need New Names (2017) at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe; Dear History: It’s Not Me, It’s You (2017) at LKB/G in Hamburg; and The First Supper (2014) at Njelele Arts Station in Harare. Previously, Allison served as curator at The New Church Museum in Cape Town from 2013 to 2017. She holds a Masters in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University, and a BA Honours in Visual Studies from the University of Pretoria.
About Spier and the arts
Spier supports and stimulates the arts community in South Africa through projects that honour our African arts heritage and enriches its future. Many of these projects are managed by the Spier Arts Trust, a Growing for Good learning initiative that forms part of Spier’s efforts to empower staff and communities to make a positive social and environmental change.