Artists bring visuals to eKasi

2015-12-17 06:00
 Creatives and art lovers from ekasi Mawande Manez Sobethwa, Lungiswa Joe. D’lo DeProjuicer, Aphiwe Nsimbi and Vuyokazi bokolo at the perfomance and visual arts exhibition in Khayelitsha.  PHOTO: Indwe Nyathi

Creatives and art lovers from ekasi Mawande Manez Sobethwa, Lungiswa Joe. D’lo DeProjuicer, Aphiwe Nsimbi and Vuyokazi bokolo at the perfomance and visual arts exhibition in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Indwe Nyathi

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The days of local creatives having to work for big design companies, while they have the ability to run their own businesses, should be a thing of the past.

This is according to the uGrand Blaque visual arts collective, which recently staged an exhibition in Kefu’s Place a popular hangout with the locals.

This was a second instalment of the exhibition at the sports bar. Performing and visual artist demonstrated their products and talents.

The Blaque collective consists of artists like Lungiswa Joe, Abongile Ntsane, Bonga Jwambi, Ntsindiso Nqakaza and Mwabi Jere Mwabi, partnered by Siyabulela Mbaba.

‘The aim is to develop the interest and hunger for art within our communities and what better way than to set pop up structures in the areas where young people go to play. There aren’t spaces in the townships where local arts showcase in a manner that will attract local audiences,’ said uGrand Blaque’s Abongile Ntsane.

She said that the reception was so good the first time around they decided to do it again.

‘In the beginning people there were few people coming to inquire, but soon their curiosity got the better of them.”

“The second time they were coming and asking that we were back again which means that there was an impact,’ she said.

She added that not only was the exhibition good for locals but the artists also benefitted as well.

‘Artists managed to sell their products because they were that good and that is the message we want to send out there.

Many gifted artists work from the townships end up working for companies creating products that they themselves can produce.

We want to create and environment where they can either start their own enterprises or they can connect with other locals who have business acumen and set up businesses,’ said Ntsane.

Another collective of artists was the Ikasi Instawalk which comprises of photographers, designers and aspirant models. The group’s photographers exhibited their creative snaps during the demonstration.

Mawande Manez Sobethwa said that they great reception of their work was proof that there was an appetite for art in the townships.

‘Our team was made up of photographers: Myself, D’lo de Producer, Sithembele JNR, Vukile Vee, Kayswagg Fusi, Luvuyo Wogqoyi and Aphiwe Blue Nsimbi.

We saw this as a chance to showcase and the reception from those who participated was overwhelming and it showed that there is definitely a hunger for consumption however it is us as the local artists who don’t do enough of a job in feeding that demand,’ said Sobethwa.

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