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blank projects: MISHECK MASAMVU | TURIYA MAGADLELA - 1 Nov 2012 to 24 Nov 2012

Current Exhibition

1 Nov 2012 to 24 Nov 2012

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113-115 Sir Lowry road
Cape Town
South Africa
T: +27 72 1989 221

Misheck Masamvu. Fruit of Life. 2012. Oil on canvas. 4100 x 1600mm

Artists in this exhibition: Misheck Masamvu, Turiya Magadlela


01/11/2012 - 24/11/2012

blank projects is proud to host Epitaph: the first South African solo exhibition of acclaimed Zimbabwean painter Misheck Masamvu.

"Life is ash or dust, unless collected in a vessel. Its purpose is a pledge in recompense to bleeding mothers. There are words for every sad or happy moment out of respect of ones’ lifestyle. Silent proclamations are made to reclaim some form of dignity.

Most of us are dust caught on the rooftops or dressed in a white mouse costume corked in a test tube. Often we dread loneliness through the absence of a colleague or family. The fact that fate cannot be contained or controlled, reminds us of the fragility of our own existence. We fear the repeat of disasters inscribed on the tombs of the unknown. How much of ourselves do we know to stand up and speak on others?

There is no clear-cut solution to restore confidence when we constantly live without promise of happiness and are surrounded by chaos. Life endured by man, infected by disloyal passions and his undying quest for power, causes direct or indirect contamination in how we handle each other. Witness our corrosive nature in staking a social hierarchy. We are whirlwinds carrying objects of shame, round and round, up in the sky in circles of inhuman behaviour. Who is our master?"

Misheck Masamvu (b 1980 Penhalonga, Mutare, Zimbabwe) studied art at the Atelier Delta , Harare and Kunste Akademie, Munich Germany. His practice ranges from paintings, drawings and sculpture. He has participated in a number of exhibitions including the 54th Venice biennale where he represented Zimbabwe, the Sao Tome biennale and the Dakar biennale. Recent work by Masamvu seeks to raise a conscious state of ‘being’ in relation to humanitarian acts not prescribed from a charter but from a pursuit of acts that retain dignity.

Everybody knows UFeela

Everybody knows UFeela is a new body of work by Johannesburg based artist Turia Magadlela featuring permutations of stretched pantyhose compositions. These abstract works also function as visual dialogues surrounding a fictitious character called Feela (whose name is derived from "to feel", a popular shortened women's name in Zulu, and a township skipping game involving stretched pantyhose).

"Feela is me, my aunt, my mom, my grandmother, my daughter. Feela is woman, Feela can be from anywhere, any race… we all know her but she is a character we choose to ignore. Feela is all woman and my paintings track the painfully happy, scary journey of a woman such as her and I through the ages."

After matriculating from the NSA, Turiya Magadlela (b.1978) studied at the Funda Community College under Charles Nkosi, the University of Johannesburg, and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. She has had solo exhibitions at Museum Africa and the Goethe Institut (as part of her JAG/Goethe institute young artist award 2003). Select group exhibitions include The Grote Oversteek at the Stedelijk Museum and exhibitions at the Generator’s Art Space, Activate Architects and the ABSA Atelier exhibition 2001.

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113-115 Sir Lowry road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Jonathan Garnham +27 72 1989 221
Pierre Fouché +27 72 507 5951

Gallery opening hours: Tue-Fri: 10:00-16:30, Sat: 10:00-13:00.
Closed on Mondays & public holidays.

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