Stian Deetlefs

Stian Deetlefs is a self-taught artist, who uses industrial materials such as concrete, found objects, household paints, etc. to depict the human condition. His often disjointed and abstracted figures, portraits and objects represent life in a modern industrial society. “Study of my father” places the emphasis on raw emotions and expressions.

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Michele Comber

Michelle Comber works predominantly with paper and ink, often using second-hand books and typewriters in her pieces and is rooted in text and language. The work Noise 1 is created from the words of a single chapter compressed into one page to create a layered image of symbols. The clutter of language appears like very controlled noise with the nature of the machine still so clear in the lines and structure of the page. Visually the lines are the counterpoint to the ribbon on a typewriter, the typewriter keys leaving layered marks on the ribbon each time a key is struck.

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Mpumelelo Buthelezi

Nancefield Hostel in Soweto used to be one of the apartheid government’s labour dormitories that were subsequently turned into family units. It is now home to many young men and women born here after the advent of democracy in 1994 and they have transformed it into a vibrant homely, child-friendly, albeit still poverty-stricken community. It is one of those “unfamiliar spaces of society that we are all familiar with but do not stop to examine” that is portrayed in Buthelezi’s ‘The Lifestyle of the hostel dwellers’.

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Ken Brown

Ken Brown’s painted, written, drawn, tippexed or glued work often gives a playful take on everyday experiences. “Sometimes my work starts spontaneous and gets very dense and worked over and changed and changed again. Some of my happiest moments have come when I discover a fragment of a sentence and put it together with an image that was made two days, two months or two years before”.

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Surav Balram

The title “Pativrata” – the Hindu term for the woman’s loyalty to her husband –roughly translates as ‘virtuous wife’. In Hindi culture the ideology of Pativrata is responsible for female subservience. The work aims to address this stereotyped gendered role and unpack its status as well as relevance in today’s context. The Hindi text reads “Have you achieved your highest form of selfhood?”

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Paul Ayihawu

Paul Ayihawu is a dynamic visual artist who finds solace in expressing himself in plain and bright colours. He finds inspiration in his childhood experiences, his region and his culture, citing Cubism and Abstract art as the main influences on his work.

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Sauda Alkebulan

Sauda Alkebulan says of his three part series ‘Mother and child’ “One morning on my way to work with my camera on the passenger seat, I saw a woman cultivating empty land with her baby playing on the soil. I parked and observed her till I saw two men approaching her. It seemed like the land she was cultivating on was not for public use. Right there and then I decided to pick up my camera. The series of photos attached show her as she gathers her belongings and makes her way…”

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Maria Pienaar

“Stitching, like weaving and every other craft that uses thread, communicates on a silent and deep level through fragile connections and tactile experience; reading a textile entails an entanglement of sensory modes.”

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