Curated by Studio Nxumalo in association with Gallery 2
The exhibition looks into a cloud of ideas that are explored by contemporary African artists that are currently living and working within South Africa.
The world is currently changing in front of our eyes, and it is unbelievable the amount of turmoil that humanity is enduring at the moment. Since the world was struck by Covid-19 pandemic, we have somewhat been ambushed to reconsider our approach to life as we have always known and navigated it. This pandemic has yet again reminded us of our mortality in a manner that my generation has never witnessed and experienced before.
As a response to the fatigue of everyday mass media statistics about both the infections and mortality rates, conspiracy theories pertaining vaccines, spats regarding the origins of this pandemic and the discomfort caused by global lockdown regulations; Musa Nxumalo curates this exhibition with an intension to bring to the fore the ideas that are explored by contemporary visual artists who are actively exploring ideas and producing work during this complex moment of our lifetime.
The exhibition function as a search, not for assurance, but for ideas and thought processes that could possibly help us to continue to explore life, to live and be mindful of all the problems and potentials during these trying times. In this instance, Nxumalo foregrounds visual artists as thought leaders and alternative voices of reason to pundits who have been showering us with overwhelming information and statistics through mass media.
Featured Artists: Mfundo Mthiyane, Teresa Firmino, Abongile Sidzumo, Asanda Kupa, Kaelik Dullaart, Madikotsi “Mummy” Khumalo, Ayanda Mabulu, Nyakallo Maleke, Thonton Kabeya, Lerato Lodi, Olwethu de Vos, Malebona Maphutse, MJ Turpin, Zwelethu Machepha, and Thuriya Magadlela.