The NSA Gallery proudly presents the opening of three new exhibitions on Tuesday, January 28. In the Main Gallery "Comics Brew" is a group exhibition of original comic artworks presented by Pro Helvetia/Arts Council of Switzerland and The French Institute of South Africa. In the Mezzanine and Park Gallery "Miniatures" is the 2003 NSA Members exhibition. In the Multimedia Room Hlengiwe Lushaba presents "Untouched", a performance and installation.
The last stage of the Comics Brew exhibition will take place at the Natal Society of Arts (NSA) Gallery in Durban from 28 Jan 2003 to 16 Feb 2003. French comic artist Pascal Rabaté, Swiss comic artist Thomas Ott, and South African comic artists Vincent Sammy (from IGUBU Capetown), Karlien de Villiers (Pretoria) and ND Mazin (alias Andy Mason, Durban) will be at the opening on 28 January 2003 at 18h00 to present their work and to sign their books (which will be on sale). Work by Jean-Philippe Stassen (Belgium/France), Kalonji (Switzerland) and Brendon Bell-Roberts (Cape Town) will also be shown in this exhibition. Pascal Rabaté will present his brand comic book Welcome to Joburg, to be released in April. A walkabout by Rabaté, Ott, Sammy and Mason will be held on Thursday 30 January at 18h00.
Andy Mason will host a series of workshops with Rabate and Ott at his Durban Cartoon Project offices from 29 Jan - 1 Feb 2003. Participation is open to all comics artists with some experience. For information and bookings: 031-303 6466.
The Comics Brew exhibition takes place within the context of COMIX GALORE, A FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART, September 2002 – March 2003. A 6-months program of events dedicated to Comic Art in South Africa: exhibitions, an international conference, workshops, lectures, book launches, signing sessions, sales of books. Full program follows. Presented and curated by Pro Helvetia / Arts Council of Switzerland, the French Institute of South Africa, Anton Kannemeyer (Bitterkomix), the Durban Cartoon Project, in association with the Technikon Witwatersrand.
The theme for the 2003 NSA members’ exhibition is ‘miniatures’, and artworks were sought from the membership that do not exceed a 15cm x 15 cm size constraint. This annual event attracts considerable interest every year, and is an opportunity for the public to acquaint themselves with the practice of the very active membership base of the organisation. The exhibition will include works in all media, and this showcase guarantee attractive artworks at affordable prices. The NSA Gallery management also uses this opportunity to give exposure to the positive contribution our members make towards the arts in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Furthermore the artist who produces the most outstanding work on the 2003 Miniatures Exhibition will be awarded with a floating trophy in the name of Joan Emanuel, made available by the Emanuel family. In addition three cash prizes of R1 000 each will be awarded by a panel of experts for the best entries submitted.
Hlengiwe Lushaba completed a diploma at the Durban Institute of Technology in 2001. Majoring in choreography and dance, Lushaba has presented challenging dance theatre work at the Jomba! Dance experience as a "new moves" grant recipient for the past two years. A consummate actress and signer, Lushaba has also appeared in numerous local theatre and music productions. She was also seen at the NSA Gallery earlier in 2002 as "Miss World", in an installation by Isolde Krams.
For her performance and installation she will revisit themes touched on in earlier work. Concerned with the pliability of moral truths, Lushaba’s work intends to subvert. Asking questions about the limited nature of freedom and democracy her scalpel digs deep into the underbelly of contemporary living. Understanding that ‘equality’ is for the most part a rickety construct, she celebrates her identity as a young woman in a society that has forgotten where it’s from.
"Untouched" consists of a once-off performance with a video installation component that will run in the NSA multi-media room for a three-week period.