The Global Art Project

Beauty and Pleasure in South African Contemporary Art

An exhibition curated in collaboration with Khwezi Gule. The wide variety of works in the exhibition included photography, installation, video, works on paper, textile works, performance and sculptures. The highly aesthetic forms of expression conveyed a celebration of identity issues, individuality, sensuality, sexuality, and gender issues. The selected artists shared a unique ability for expressing provocative themes within highly tactile and formally orientated works. The works in this exhibition were not only decorative and visually appealing, but also spoke on a very poetic level about the beauty that is found in everyday life in Africa and all over the world. Participating artists: Frances Goodman, Nontsikelelo Veleko, Lawrence Lemaoana, Athi-Patra Ruga, Kay Hassan, Dineo Sheshee Bopape, Senzeni Marasela, Nicholas Hlobo, Andries Botha, Berni Searle, Nandipha Mntambo, and Langa Magwa. Publication with texts by Khwezi Gule, Gabeba Baderoon and Selene Wendt, as well as poems by Mazisi Kunene