February 5, 2016 - Comments Off on Cape Town Art Fair – AVA Gallery showcase
A selection of Hanien Conradie’s Master of Fine Art work, Spore, will be presented at the Cape Town Art Fair by the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery from 18-22 February 2016. Also presented at the AVA Gallery booth during the art fair are rising star artists Siwa Mgoboza and Bonolo Kavula.
Conradie’s paintings include installations with indigenous matter and reflected light effects. This masterful work also incorporates smaller flower paintings, drawing on traditions of botanical illustration and preservation.
Her sensitively designed artist’s book, Spore, documents her search for ‘belonging’ through tracing threatened flowers in the Breede River Valley, where her ancestors tilled the soil. Spore, is based on a 17th century herbarium catalogue. It is extensively illustrated with Conradie's artwork, site photographs and family pictures. In Spore, Conradie's ancestry and identity as an Afrikaans woman is questioned. Rather than drawing on post-colonial debates, the book employs radical eco-political perspectives to explore the alien and the indigenous, the vine and the fynbos.
A visit to the AVA booth (F2) brings to light the reality of a mounting ecological crisis in the Cape Floral Region as well as reveal the relationship between the landscape and cultural and individual identity.
Siwa Mgoboza’s photographic constructs manifest his ‘post-post-colonial’ world called AFRICARDIA. He has imagined this future land’s physical landscape, its inhabitants and animal-life. Here nature and humans live side by side peacefully, the world of difference does not exist and hybridity is taken to new levels of boundless subjectivity. Mgoboza’s frenetic compositions, including the use of Isishweshwe, are a reflection on what it would be like if a cosmic clash occurred and beings of AFRICARDIA were teleported to our current reality. Mgoboza recently graduated – with distinction - from Michaelis School of Fine Arts.
Bonolo Kavula uses materials associated with the home and the personal. These disparate objects are used through printmaking techniques to force a visual relationship between them by means of play and experimentation. Her gratuate exhibition at Michaelis School of Fine Arts was entitled Obfuscation - a word that she uses as a strategy to make her art works.