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MODZI A.I.R EXHIBITION: "Along the new road" by Klaus Hartmann
FNB Art Joburg Online 2020
Modzi Gallery | FNB Art Joburg
Ba Zambia Ndi Bantu Exhibition
29 August – 29 October 2020
Experience contemporary Zambian artists tell local narratives through meticulous art works that are articulate of various local elements. We are happy to host this prestigious group exhibition that showed at the FNB Art Joburg Fair last year.
Aaron Samuel Mulenga | Agnes Buya Yombwe | David ‘Daut’ Makala | Nomes Dee |Stary Mwaba
Ba Zambia Ndi Bantu
Ba Zambia Ndi Bantu group exhibition is a combination of several elements of Zambian narratives that are unique in approach of techniques and contemporaries from Agness Yombwe’s prehistoric paintings style which makes reference in style of work that to Mwela Rock painting of late Stone Age from Northern Zambia, discussions around Taboo and beliefs integrity in daily livelihood of the Bemba Mbusa culture that focuses on the Snakes as a reference for love and humility. The paintings are of outstanding beauty and intricate detail depicting individual and social needs, as well as conceptual and communicative motivations with stages of development. It creates a thread of meaning and understanding in the ancient story of African people. Which brings strong authentic to Nomes Dee’s digital print Cooking Woman where she explores pop culture with a hit of sexuality, bring ideas of how the traditional play a role in modern narratives around love potion. Then I take a look back with Daut David Makala’s welded wire and his focus on masks and the role the Nyau Masquerade of Easter Zambia play as a spiritual society for men in the teaching of knowledge through the coming of age. Aaron Samual Mulenga’s bronze goddess, has vision of God to take on a female being and connected to his belief in Christian to strongly discuss the elements around The father, The sun and The Holy Spirit. Also very much connecting his choice of material in bronze to begin a discuss on the presence of 70% Copper which connects with Stary Mwaba’s Black Mountain series, his personal narratives where he tells small stories on people he has meet in research within his home region of Copperbelt. He points out his cousin as his ‘Superhero’ one who lives a dangerous life as a illegal miner but these men take pride in spending long hours beneath the rocks of Zambia digging out perhaps the only narrative they know. His choice of newsprint as the material is both delicate and intricate through the painful slow process of perforating/burning out words he either places on a pillar or doesn’t bear any reference to.
Ba Zambia Ndi Bantu Exhibition is supported by an ANT Fund funding grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation (SDC).
Pro Helvetia Johannesburg - Swiss Arts Council
Modzi Residency Exhibition
Matt Kayem | Notes about the times
16TH MAY – 25th JULY 2020
Solos exhibition by Matt Kayem who is an artist and art writer born in Kampala, Uganda. His work explores identity issues, race, history, sexuality and culture through installations, collage-paintings and photography. Kayem has exhibited extensively in Kampala notably at the Kampala Biennale(2016 & 2018), has had three solo shows, one in Nairobi. As a writer, he is interested in the commercialization of art and the comparison between the western and African art market. He has written for Africanah.org, ContemporaryAnd, Nairobi Contemporary, psp-culture.com, START journal and The Independent Magazine.
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