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Header image: Sello Letswalo.|Detail| Madishong (2021). 111 x 66 cm. Mixed media on steel. This work forms part of Letswalo's solo exhibition now on at Trent Gallery, Waterkloof. The exhibition closes on 30 July. For enquiries, you can reach the gallery on trent.art@gmail.com

Intraparadox, an interview with Mbali Tshabalala, Abstract Presence, TAF’22, 21 July

Tshabalala is the only artists that Gallery 2 brought to the fair under the project exhibition Ever-Present Shift. In the exhibition the artist delving deeper into representation as a device. Toying with ‘the gaze’ in a dual performance art production process as both the artist and seater in her compositions. She reflects on a given identity that anchors her being in our ideological landscape. Scant nuances that edifies what a woman should be. But her portrayal of herself in this guise boldly confronts, numerously, our expectations what a woman should be and as such the submissive expectant Umfazi’s aura is crowded by that of a regal persona in the body of work comprising the exhibition. These visual expositions realised in printmaking and painting were produced in collaboration with David Krut Projects. I had the opportunity to talk to her in the afternoon of the first day of the fair and what unfolded in our conversation was a personal reflection of the artist’s past four years as she gradually moved towards developing the project that bloomed into Ever-Present Shift.… Read More Intraparadox, an interview with Mbali Tshabalala, Abstract Presence, TAF’22, 21 July

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Intraparadox, Zanele Montle, a pentagonal-xperience

In the context of the Turbine Art Fair 2022, which is in its tenth year running, I reached out to Mme Zanele Montle, a contemporary artist based at August House, Johannesburg. Her work is featured in the Lizamore & Associates booth at the fair this weekend in an exhibition aptly titled Young Spirits. I’ll confess, my reaching out to Mme Montle was not only to satisfy my curiosity in seeing her new work, but to also evolve an understanding of where she is creatively. To a small extent there was also a need to get a sense of what the Art Fair means to her as an artist. The present work represents this search.… Read More Intraparadox, Zanele Montle, a pentagonal-xperience

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Intraparadox, Interview with Bridget Modema. May Day Group Exhibition, Ellis House JHB. 15 June 2022

Group exhibitions parade artists of varying levels of development and excellence under the same umbrella, in turn they blur the lines between established artists and those who are in their early stages of development. This is unavoidable if we are committed to continue to tell the human story through the visual arts. … Read More Intraparadox, Interview with Bridget Modema. May Day Group Exhibition, Ellis House JHB. 15 June 2022

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OTT Paralax180522

Unless a stranger steps on our corns and behaves as if they know us from Phelindaba, we tend to be lenient when a relationship between ourselves and those who have access to our personal data is mutually beneficial. No matter how critical we may be about it, DStv has forged a deeper relationships with us. For now we will stay tuned. Perhaps after three months or so we may sing a different tune. Or the DStv Streama decoder would have arrived by then, kiosking all the streaming apps within one device. Is The War of The Streaming Apps on the horizon or we, those of us who are interested in the evolution of the telly, awakening to a raging war?… Read More OTT Paralax180522

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