Local artists display their works

2018-04-05 06:03
Italian Consul-General Alfonso Tagliaferri, UBuntubethu’s Nokubonga Mepeni, winner Kaymar Bineshtarighand Mzikayise Ndzozu and Italian artist Luca Coclite. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Italian Consul-General Alfonso Tagliaferri, UBuntubethu’s Nokubonga Mepeni, winner Kaymar Bineshtarighand Mzikayise Ndzozu and Italian artist Luca Coclite. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Ubuntu Bethu’s Art Day, held on Human Rights Day, was a special one this year because not only did local performers and artists exhibit their work, one artist was also announced as the winner of the Art Residency Project’s competition.

This competition required artists to submit their artworks online with a 6 day visit to Italy as the main prize.

Kaymar Bineshtarigh,23, was announced as the overall winner after his short video outshone all the others.

On the day artists from all over the city showcased their work as local art NGO Ubuntu Bethu facilitated the event.

Bineshtarigh, originally from Iran, put together a short video capturing political posters containing government manifestos being used by the poor to sleep on in the streets.

Bineshtarigh, a Ruth Prowse School of Arts student, said he was extremely happy that his work was chosen and he was excited to go to Europe.

“” It will be my first time to go to Europe, let alone Italy ... I am very happy,” he said.

According Consul-General Alfonso Tagliaferri, the initiative is supported by the Italian Institute of Culture in Pretoria and the Italian Consul in Cape Town.

Ubuntu Bethu’s Nokubonga Mepeni said the event was a success and that it was better than the first time around last year.

“We are very happy to see so many people come to our event.

The highlight was to see locals and people from as far as Italy interacting and having a good time enjoying art,” she said.

She said she was also happy that local artists and others from the city mingled and exhibited their work.

“We had performing artist showcase as well as visual artists display their work and we are hoping that there will be working relationships. We are grateful to the Italian Consulate which helped us since we began with this event last year,” she added.

Mepeni also added that she was hoping more local adults would be part of the program in the future. The event was held in Samora Machel, Philippi

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