Window Blessing

2009-06-27 00:00

A YOUNG artist whose work recalls his rural childhood in Port Shepstone is exhibiting at Durban’s African Art Centre.

Welcome Danca’s exhibition forms part of the centre’s ongoing project to empower young artists from underprivileged communities by offering a platform of exposure through art exhibitions.

Danca’s talent evolved while in high school, under the mentorship of the late Trevor Makhoba, and he fondly recalls enjoying art classes with him under the mango trees in Umlazi.

Danca’s particular interest has always been landscape paintings and his expertise and concise presentation of the genre was acknow-ledged when he was awarded first prize in The Start The Nivea Art Awards in 2005. He was also a finalist in the prestigious Absa L’Atelier Award Competition in 2008/2009.

In his latest exhibition, titled “My Memories”, Danca has ventured over the threshold of personal language, expressed and interfaced in landscape scenery. Crucial to the exhibited scenery is how each piece invites the viewer to venture into a land beyond the actual landscape surface.

“Conceptually, I explore my personal memories,” he says, “specifically focusing on my rural childhood. I look at how these memories influence the manner in which I respond to my most immediate space, the urban space.

“I look at myself as a child growing up from a rural area, the delicate family moments and how my current urban lifestyle contrasts with my childhood. And I revisit precious family moments and try to re-experience them as if they are tangible memories. I beckon the viewer to embark on my personal journey of self discovery.”

Danca has also explored the concept of memory in the works, Memory through the window 1,2 and 3, inviting the viewer to to gaze beyond the window into distant hazy landscape scenes.

We are also confronted with the walls of a dilapidated house, compelling us to question the reason behind the artist’s move from Port Shepstone — was it violence that made him leave his hometown?

For more information, call the gallery at 031 312 3804/5.

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