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"Bitterkomix, i-jusi, Boogie Lights"
2001-06-19 until 2001-07-07
NSA Gallery
Durban, , ZA South Africa

The NSA Gallery opens three exhibitions Bitterkomix, i-jusi and Boogie Lights. Bitterkomix is South Africa's only independent satirical comic magazine. i-jusi (roughly translated as juice in Zulu), published by Orange Juice Design, is an experimental graphic design magazine. Boogie Lights is a collaboration between Cape Town sculptor Brett Murray and Conrad Botes of Bitterkomix and have teamed up to produce a series of wall lamps.

Bitterkomix is South Africa’s only independent satirical comic magazine. Since its inception in 1992 Bitterkomix has vehemently attacked white South African ideology, in particular that of the Afrikaner. The comic magazine is originally in Afrikaans and has had a significant cultural impact in South Africa. It has been described as iconoclastic and subversive, and has to date spawned one of very few publications (Gif: Afrikaner Sekskomix) to get banned after the first democratic elections in April 1994. The success of Bitterkomix lies primarily in the recognizable visual idiom and biting comment, often crossing the line of that which is considered common social and moral decency.

Anton Kannemeyer (Joe Dog) and Conrad Botes (Konradski) are co-editors and the main contributors of Bitterkomix. A regular contributor, Mark Kannemeyer (Lorcan White) will also participate in the exhibition. The exhibition will show original artworks from the magazine and the artists’ sketchbooks, colour works, recent silk-screens and glass paintings. Sue Williamson, in a recent review on Bitterkomix (exhibition at the AVA in Cape Town), described the work as “extremely reasonably priced, and [that it] will undoubtedly become collector’s items over the years.”

Bitterkomix 11, their new publication, will be launched at the opening

i-jusi (roughly translated as juice in Zulu), published by Orange Juice Design, is an experimental graphic design magazine published four times a year by Orange Juice Design in Durban and Cape Town South Africa.

i-jusi aims to encourage and promote South African graphic design to interested creatives and writers worldwide. The i-jusi initiative is part of Orange Juice Design's commitment to developing a design language rooted in the African experience. Designers, design students, illustrators, photographers and writers are encouraged to create in total freedom and to explore their personal views on life in a free and democratic South Africa. Increasingly, i-jusi provides a platform for creatives (both local and international) from diverse backgrounds to collaborate in exchanging cultures, ideas and imagery.

The strictly non-commercial 16 page A3 magazine is published in a limited print run of 500 copies per issue. In the spirit of ubuntu (we exist relative to one another) the i-jusi production team all contribute their services gratis. i-jusi has been exhibited in 8 countries, has won countless design awards and been featured in most of the world's graphic design magazines. Due to enormous global demand for i-jusi, we have now developed a digital version of the printed magazine. Visit the i-jusi website at www.i-jusi.com.

Boogie Lights is a collaboration between Cape Town sculptor Brett Murray and Conrad Botes of Bitterkomix fame and have teamed up to produce a series of wall lamps. Murray's familiar stained glass-like lamps combine with Botes' seemingly endless repertoire of angels, devils and various family members to create unique and affordable art for the walls. Remember, as they say, Kontant is koning. These lamps have also been described as “satirical and terminally hip”.


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