By Phakamisa Mfana at Nex Dor Vilakazi Street, Soweto
Beautiful people, sundowners under the stars, thats how Mashumi Art Project’s second exhibition kicked off at Nex Door Resturant on Vilakazi Street on Thursday 25 April 2013. Kenny Nkosi is the artist, Marikana is his inspiration, he draws his inspiration for his latest body of work from his surroundings and the most influential people in his life, being his family. Nkosi, now based in Soweto is originally from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, he moved to the city of gold to pursue his art and education, his education didnt go so well but that didnt stop him as his art flourished.
“I want to see you doing this for all artists, because we must empower our local artists.” Said Nkosi talking about how our artist must not wait to be employed, they must go out there and do their art. “You cant be an artist and not have a job” said Sandile Memela a Director at the Department of Arts and Culture, who was a guest speaker at the event. According to Memela this must not only happen to artists in Soweto, but artists all over the country. “ Art is an important part of our culture and overall development, we must nature it as much as we can.” The exhibition is organised by Zanele Mashumi of Mashumi Arts Projects, a 24 year old graduate from the University of Johannesburg. In only her second exhibition, this young curator has shown a lot of initiative in providing a platform for artist to showcase their work, with virtually no budget and a team of only 3 minds. “I’m exited about this venture and I would like to thank everyone who was invloved in making this exhibition happen, this is only the beginning of things to come.” Said Mashumi.
Thanks to Boschendal for keeping the wine flowing and the patrons smiling, i‘m sure everyone enjoyed the evening a little better with a glass or two of grapes to liven up the mood. The exhibition continues until the 25th of May 2013 at Nex Dor Resturant on Vilakazi Street, Orlando West Soweto.
article from Soweto Entertainment magazine written by Phakamisa Mfana