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Engaging "We, the Purple"

Engaging "We, the Purple"

As South Africa reflects on three decades of democracy, the UNISA Art Gallery joins forces with Culture Review Magazine and the We Are The People organisation to present a captivating program surrounding the exhibition "We the Purple" on Saturday, June 22. This exhibition is not merely a showcase but a reflection inviting audiences to immerse themselves in the rich and often incongruent reckoning of the nation's democratic evolution.

"We the Purple" centers around the pivotal 1994 elections and the symbolic Purple Rain Protest of 1989. Through a unique blend of visual, auditory, and tactile elements, the exhibition offers a multifaceted exploration of South Africa's lived experiences. From the euphoria of newfound freedoms to the ongoing process of unraveling colonial and apartheid legacies, the exhibition promises a thought-provoking encounter.

Selected artworks by artists such as Mary Sibande, Talia Ramikwalan, Tracey Rose, Nkhensani Rihlampfu, Tony Gum, Ruth Motau, Stephanie Conradie, Lefifi Tladi, Marianne Podlashuk, Tommy Motswai, Jodi Bieber, and Berni Searle, among others, contribute to this narrative where the artworks function as active visual archives, reflecting and questioning the past while shedding light on the present realities of South Africa.

The program itself is designed to foster deep engagement. Led by UNISA Art Gallery curator Ms. Tshegofatso Seoka, an in-depth curatorial tour will delve into the exhibition's thematic underpinnings, offering profound insights into the artistic techniques employed. This immersive experience sets the stage for a dynamic panel discussion that will ignite critical dialogue around the concept of radicality in contemporary art.

"Art has the power to challenge and transform," says Seoka.

"Through this exhibition, we aim to provoke thought and inspire action, encouraging viewers to engage with the complexities of our history and the possibilities of our future."

The engagement doesn't end there. The program recognizes the importance of fostering connections within the artistic community. A dedicated networking session will provide a platform for Johannesburg and Pretoria's creative minds to connect, exchange ideas, and explore potential collaborations. This exchange has the potential to blossom into long-lasting partnerships and groundbreaking artistic endeavors.


Ruth Motau

The discussion will feature a stellar lineup of guests, including artists Ayanda Mabulu, Blessing Ngobeni, and Olwethu deVos. They will be joined by academic and lecturer Andisiwe Diko, writer and art specialist Percy Mabandu, curator Khumo Sebambo, activist, author, and scholar Molaodi wa Sekake, Art Education Specialist Puleng Plessie, author and musician, Tumi Mogorosi and emerging scholar and activist, Mbali Kgame. Each speaker brings a unique perspective, enriching the dialogue with their expertise and experiences.

"Creating spaces for artists to come together is essential for the growth of our creative industries," notes Culture Review Magazine founder Kulani Nkuna.

"We hope to facilitate meaningful conversations and collaborations that extend beyond this event."

The program concludes with curated music that is both a response and a reflection on the exhibition, solidifying the sense of community and providing a platform for further exchange. This collaborative initiative by the UNISA Art Gallery and Culture Review Magazine is more than just an exhibition program; it's a call to action. By celebrating diverse voices and fostering exchange between Johannesburg and Pretoria's artistic scenes, this program has the potential to catalyze positive change within the art community and beyond.

For more information on the exhibition: UNISA Art Gallery
Details:

  • Date: 22 June 2023
  • Time: 12h00 – 15h30
  • Venue: UNISA Art Gallery, 274 Preller St, Muckleneuk, Pretoria.

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Engaging "We, the Purple"

"We the Purple" centers around the pivotal 1994 elections and the symbolic Purple Rain Protest of 1989. Through a unique blend of visual, auditory, and tactile elements, the exhibition offers a multifaceted exploration of South Africa's lived experiences.

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