Exhibition by Umlazi artist Mxolisi Sithole at Durban’s African Art Centre

2009-05-26 00:00

UMLAZI artist, Mxolisi Sithole, has captured the intimate and fascinating moments experienced by ordinary township dwellers in his exhibition of monoprints and drawings, which can be seen at the African Art Centre at 94 Florida Road, Durban, from May 27 to June 17.

The three-week exhibition, titled New World, features images of shacks, colourful houses and lines of laundry handing out to dry.

Sithole, who holds a post-graduate degree in fine art from the Durban University of Technology, said that one of the most crucial tools he had as an artist was visual memory, which helped him to capture the image of a young boy making sketches on paper or a child playing at the park.

“These images point to the ability of our minds to capture information as well as to distort the recollected facts,” he said, adding that his prints and drawings are overlaid with fragments from his childhood and his personal identity.

“As an artist, I draw from everyday life ... both my drawings and monoprints are overlaid with humour and poignancy. Every picture tells a story and carries symbolic meaning,” Sithole said.

The artist, who currently works as a creative project co-ordinator at Umthombo Street Children South Africa, also conducts Velobala print- making classes at the African Art Centre on Saturdays and, on Sundays he offers monoprint classes for young people in Umlazi.



• The exhibition at the African Art Centre, 94 Florida Road, Durban, funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, will be opened by Themba Shibase on May 27 at 5.30 pm.

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