Honouring our culture at Tatham

2016-07-27 06:00
‘Thunga Uthimule: The Art and Times of Ben Nsusha’ opens in Main Room at Tatham Art Gallery on Sunday.       PHOTO: supplied

‘Thunga Uthimule: The Art and Times of Ben Nsusha’ opens in Main Room at Tatham Art Gallery on Sunday. PHOTO: supplied

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“IDENTITY or Belief”, a solo exhibition­ by Muzi Ndlela, based on his spiritual journey and life experiences, can be seen at Tatham­ Art Gallery.

Ndlela used the goat as a symbol of his Nguni culture and Zulu identity, and as affirmation of his beliefs.

The Nguni culture is synonymous with sacrificial offerings and the goat is a mediator between man and ancestors. However, the goat image does not only encompass or affirm his statement about identity or belief, it is also a symbol of wealth.

“‘Identity or Belief’ brings forth more questions than answers, and a new perspective on what we have been accustomed to and what we believe is righteous or the norm,” said Pinky Madlabane-Nkabinde, an education officer at Tatham Art Gallery.

Ndlela, a self-taught artist from the Midlands, primarily works in pastel and charcoal, and challenges viewers to consider the possible conflict between identity­ and belief.

His work is on view at the Schreiner Gallery until Sunday.

Opening in the Main Room at the Tatham Art Gallery on Sunday at 10.30am, is “Thunga Uthimule: The Art and Times of Ben Nsusha”. The opening speaker is Professor Pitika Ntuli.

Nsusha, born in Umzumbe in KwaZulu-Natal and now living in Dobsonville in Gauteng, is an artist with a 40-year career in which his work has been exhibited locally and abroad.

He is renowned for his skill in mixing materials and techniques, and for his attention to detail.

His exhibition “Thunga Uthimule” is a reflection of his observations of people and society and includes ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and painting.

Nsusha trained at Edendale Technical College, Rorke’s Drift, and the Chelsea and Slade Schools of Art in London.

He taught at a number of art institutions in South Africa, including Fuba Academy (Federated Union of Black Artists), Adams College of Education, the University of Durban-Westville, and Walter Sisulu University­ of Technology.

He has participated in numerous group and solo shows in South Africa and abroad, and his works are represented in many public, corporate and private collections.

A full educational programme has been planned around “Thunga Uthimule­”.

Nsusha will be at the Tatham Art Gallery on 26 July and 27 July, from 10am to 4pm.

He will also conduct a workshop in the art educators programme on 28 July, from 12pm to 3pm.

Booking is essential by contacting Pinky at pinky.madlabane@msundu zi.gov.za or at 033 392 2811.

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