The political history of the last ten years has changed South Africa irretrievably. The Post-apartheid era has manifested in ways that have challenged the very nature of their existence. South Africans became conscious of an own identity finding expression in diverse worlds.
The twentieth century was characterized by changes of which the technological revolution had the most profound effect on South African lives.
Art and life are intertwined and many artists during the past ten years reflected on new living conditions and the changing South African environment.
Resistance art belongs to the past and younger artists explored personal and cultural identity. Individual response is valued and the use of new media and materials has broadened the scope of production and enabled artists to cross borders into areas such as design, the cinema, theatre and sound, advertising and architecture.
This exhibition has been created with the purpose of showcasing the reaction of South African artists to this changing reality. Works by Willie Bester, Kevin Brand, Durant Sihlali, Christine Dixie, Paul Edmunds, Diane Victor, Norman Catherine, Walter Oltmann, Joachim Schönfeldt, David Koloane, Sam Nhlengethwa and others will be seen.
The selection includes works, which broadly can be described as painting and sculpture it however also includes the work of artists using multi-media, photography and video.