Some time earlier this year I had a conversation with the founder of Refilwe Art Reach - Mme Nthabiseng Rachel Montshiwa. She has pioneered a visual art development program in the Free State. Through a joint copyright of the present work we are able to bring you the full length interview both in textual form and audio. Through other people's experience there is always a lesson to be learnt.
This interview was commissioned by Refilwe Art Reach Project as part of an up coming planned publication of the work that Mme Nthabiseng Rachel Montshiwa is doing in the Free State.
On the occasion of Thato Seboko's upcoming exhibition of which I asked to interview him about his new work I presupposed that he had retained that aspect of his art making preoccupation but that he would be advancing a new vehicle to deliver what is synonymous with his work. I was not proven otherwise when I had the chance to see the work at the opening at the Mellow House Factory on 16 April 2016. The canvas surface was acknowledged and the tint sepia effect that we spoke about in our interview prior to the exhibition opening was unmistakably visible. There were strong works in the exhibition which carried works that one felt more time would’ve done them justice. One left the exhibition space hopeful of the artistic journey that lies ahead of Seboko.
Tradition, absolutely I think that’s happening on a global level from what I can see when I look at the Venice Biennial – pieces that were there, I am excited by the fact that art moves and goes into new directions and I think it is great and South Africa, and so called African Art is huge in the world out there at the moment right now and it’s a great opportunity for us to go for it galleries are just waiting for good art to come out of Africa and it’ll be great if there was support in the South Africa of the arts, I don’t think, jeepers, enough is done around that theme. Artists needs support. I just feel that there is so much talent in South Africa and talent is not flipping race orientated you get born into it and I just [think] that hey the possibilities for studying art and entering competitions is all happening and we hear endless talk about job creation there is flipping job creation right there with people with their talents and artists start employing people to start helping them with their work' Elizabeth Balcomb
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