Viewing Room - October 01, 2020 - October 29, 2020

Tactile Visions - Woven

Tactile Visions-Woven

Sharlene Khan

 

Tactile Visions-Woven is an expanded conversation on our relationalities with materials; processes by which we engage them; histories implicated by them, as well as how we envision ourselves and our world through sartorial codes. South Africa has an immensely rich history of tactile arts – from beadwork to embroidery, leather work, quilts and blanket making to doilies and the weaving of baskets with telephone wires to the ability to decorate with ordinary steel pins. The exhibition is interested in how contemporary artists are using the language of these everyday tactilities to question a range of social issues that affect them as individuals and a world which seems perched on a precarious edge. At the same time, this act of using the ordinary is redefining the very terrain of what we associate as ‘fine art’ versus ‘craft’ and have categorised into ‘women’s art’, ‘popular culture’ and ‘fashion’, showing that these positions never had any place in our African lives or histories. And so it is fascinating how the field of contemporary visual arts has become reconfigured at this intersection of the everyday and, sometimes, even the unspectacular. The exhibition presents works of established and emerging artists in dialogue with each other as they speak to similar narratives through a range of different subject positions, showing that our battles may seem different, but, indeed, our struggles are interconnected and, thus, so should our visions for a better world.  

CURATOR SHARLENE KHAN SHARES HER CURATORIAL VISION FOR 'TACTILE VISIONS-WOVEN'




Curatorial Talks with Artists on 'Tactile Visions-Woven'


TALK WITH PHILISWA LILA




TALK WITH NONO MOTLHOKI




TALK WITH WILLEMIEN DE VILLIERS




TALK WITH ORATILE PAPI KONOPI




TALK WITH LEBOGANG MOGUL MABUSELA




TALK WITH BEV BUTKOW




TALK WITH SCOTT ERIC WILLIAMS




TALK WITH THANIA PETERSEN




TALK WITH SIKHUMBUZO MAKANDULA




TALK WITH LONDIWE MTSHALI




TALK WITH BUHLEBEZWE SIWANI




TALK WITH MARY SIBANDE




TALK WITH RESHMA CHHIBA




TALK WITH DEAN HUTTON




TALK WITH LINDELWA MASUKU




TALK WITH ZODWA SKEYI-TUTANI