Wednesday, 10 April 2013

"Consider China"

Opening on Monday, April 22 at 6:30p.m.

Opening talk by Kristin Hua Yang, Centre for Visual Arts UKZN

Cash bar and car guards on duty.

Michele Silk, "Designer Label", oil on canvas

 One of the most important changes and developments for Africa is the increased force of China. When we look outside we still mostly look at Europe or the U.S. when these are of dwindling significance.

  We invited a select group of artists to participate in an exhibition titled: “Consider China”.  This is our 4th ‘Inspiration’ exhibition where we present the artists with a new theme from which to work and provide them with some inspiration.

In preparation for this exhibition the gallery organized an all day workshop at the COLLECTIVE on March 13th. The workshop included breakfast and with a break for a Chinese lunch. 

Dr. Ross Anthony for the Centre of Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University and Kristin Hua Yang of Centre for Visual Arts at the KZN Pietermariztburg presented a comprehensive and diverse picture covering art, social, environmental, financial and political issues of our relationship with China.

During the time of the lead up to this exhibition there is a BRICS meeting from 22-27 March in Durban at the ICC so there should be some interesting visitors to Durban.  
 It is an interesting time for Africa and it is good for us, as artists, to investigate what political, social and environmental changes will be happening to the continent.

 Closing on May 22 2013

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