Continuing Conversations

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Visual Art
All ages
Grahamstown Gallery

Company: UJ Art Gallery & MTN

It takes vision and enthusiasm to bring the hidden treasures of extensive academic and corporate collections into the public domain What is the purpose of carefully collected and well-looked-after art collections when only a select number of people have access to the artworks? It takes vision and enthusiasm to bring the hidden treasures into the public domain where works can be viewed and appreciated, allowing people to pick up on and continue the dialogues started by the artists.

Niel Nortje, manager of the MTN art collection, and Annali Dempsey, curator of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) art collection, have joined curatorial forces to assemble an exhibition drawn from their two institutions’ collections. The result is Continuing Conversations.

The curatorial focus of this exhibition is on portraits depicting concepts of power, the juxtaposition of power and powerlessness, identity and body politics, perceptions of the other and the exotic, memory, and the masks we wear.

About 40 works have been selected from across the UJ collection, consisting of 1 500 artworks, and the MTN Collection, consisting of 1 400 artworks. Artists on show include Gerard Bhengu, Reshada Crouse, Wilma Cruise, Phillemon Hlungwani, Maggie Laubser, Judith Mason, George Pemba, Cecil Skotnes, Irma Stern and Edoardo Villa.


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