First Group Exhibition hosted by Mashumi Art Projects

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 Andrew Ntshabele’s work on display at the MAP exhibition on Vilakazi Street. Photo: Phakamisa Mfana.
We were recently invited to something that rarely happens in the bustling township of Soweto.  An art exhibition, yes you heard right an art exhibition, the setting was something out of a Tarantino set. A beautiful new elegant restaurant on Vilakazi Street aptly named Nex Dor because it is next door to the now world famous Sakhumzi restaurant.
We ditched the flashlights, pulled out some of our best threads and made our way to the First Group Exhibition hosted Mashumi Art Projects (MAP).  As most are aware art is not exactly a booming business in Soweto, more and more kids are failing to show interest in art. “This project aims to expose and educate the community about the importance of art” said Zanele Mashumi Director of the young company that promotes and exposes upcoming and established artists to the world stage. The exhibition is a first of many to come and it can only grow bigger and better, this particular exhibition will run from the 20th of March till the 20 of April 2013. The exhibition features some of the best talents the country has to offer. During this month their work will be viewed by most of the patrons passing through Vilakzi Street and those stopping by to grab a quick bite at the restaurant. The exposure will be immense, the works will be up for sale and knowing how talented South African artists are, there can only be a positive response. Not only that but to introduce more and more young people into art. “This will be the first of many exhibitions, as we are trying to expose as many people as we can to the world of art.” Mashumi added.
So good to see such a diverse crowd at these shindigs, from BEE types to the usual arty farty. We hope more and more events like this will pop up all over the township, let us diversify Soweto, Thanks to Zanele Mashumi for the invite, we hope to crack more invites to such classy events.
written by Phakamisa Mfana
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“MEET THE ARTIST” MFUNDO MKHIZE

The final artist we will meet in our “Meet the Artist” feature for the upcoming Group Exhibition is Mfundo Mkhize. He is inspired by the older women in, the Gogo’s of our society who perpetually overcome hardship and create a nurturing environment in which the youth can blossom.

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“In my experience, it is them that make sure that there is a plate of food on the table. The strength and leadership that they demostrate can be seen in the urban environment, the rural hinterlands and the neglected urban townships.

The art works focus on the lives of these women and are a tribute to the indispensible role they play in society. Being born and raised in Soweto, I wanted to draw from my environment and the experience I had with the women that raised me. These pieces are my attempt to illuminate their untold struggles to raise generation after generation in our communities, independently.”

The exhibition runs from the 20th of March till the 20th of April 2013 at Nex Dor on Vilakazi Street Orlando West, Soweto.

“MEET THE ARTIST FEATURE” with Nhlonipho Mthembu

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Our third featured artist is Nhlonipho Mthembu, he lets us in on what inspired his latest body of work.

In this body of work I am dealing  with the different situations one might encounter in public transport, more specificaly inside trains. The social aspect of train transportation within the train coaches is an issue of great concern and my main point of focus. This work explores the dynamics of this social environment in terms of congestion and decongestion, while also looking at the different psycological interactions that happen within the train coaches as a result of human presence or absence.

To see this and more of Nhlonipho’s work visit the exhibition at Nex Dor Resturant on Vilakazi Street, Orlando West from the 20 of March till 20 April 2013.

Our second featured artist in our “MEET THE ARTIST FEATURE” is Andrew Orapeleng Ntshabele

I have a deep love and passion for visual art which was developed

at a tender age and has grown ever since and it is the key I have found in fulfilling my life’s purpose.

The subject matter of my paintings deals with, the negative
effects of rapid urbanization and the pressures and the strains on the people I encounter and interact with on a daily basis as they go about their business. My paintings capture these people in their daily environments and are in a sense a homage to them and to the city. The people that I paint are based in the Johannesburg central business district and its outskirts.

ImageAndrew was born in the small rural town of Moruleng in the North West province of South Africa. In his formative years his family moved to the city of Johannesburg amongst the hustle and bustle of the urban life, where he currently resides.

 

To view more of Andrews work, he will be exhibiting at Nex Dor Resturant on Vilakazi Street, Orlando West. The exhibition will run from the 20th of March till  20 April 2013.

MPHO CELE

With the opening the exhibition just days away, we will take this time to introduce each of the exhibiting artists. They will get this opportunity to present a piece and tell us a bit about themselves without giving away too much before the big opening. The first artist we will meet is Mpho Cele, an art student from Johannesburg.

Acrylic on Canvas, 2012

Acrylic on Canvas, 2012

He Describes his work:

This body of work is a metaphorical representation of my feelings, of the hurt and damage that is within me caused by the dilemma of having to choose between my biological paternal Grandfather’s surname and my step Grandfather’s surname. This is not an easy decision to make since my step Grandfather’s surname has become part of my identity because I grew up with this surname. In my work I use cars as a reference, because my biological Grandfather worships and adores his material possessions, more than he does family values. I portray these cars as old, damaged and rusted representing him. I consider him to be the cause behind me using a different surname than his as he abandoned our family causing us to take on another surname. This body of work is meant to emphasize a sense of things falling apart, through the decay and damage on the metal surfaces and overall structure of the cars, being symbolic of the destruction and the abandonment felt by his absence.