Exhibitions are definitely one of my favourite things! I love attending exhibitions and supporting fellow artists. I also really love participating in exhibitions as an artist. And I love love love curating and hosting exhibitions, like the Deep South Community Art Exhibition I hosted in December 2019 :)
As someone who struggles greatly with social situations, somehow this anxiety magically falls away when attending and participating in exhibitions. In fact anything to do with art seems to give me great courage and totally gets me out of my shell.
The Covid pandemic and lockdown in South Africa put a massive hold on in-person exhibitions for the last few months. I have really missed the interactions and social contact that exhibitions allow me. I am therefore so extremely excited and very honoured to be included in this very special exhibition. Not only because of the powerful theme, but also because this exhibition is in such a dream gallery!
Framed 600x600 limited edition fine art photographic print,
printed in Hahnemuhle German Etching paper.
Currently on exhibition at Art@Africa Gallery.
Every year, South Africans celebrate women of all types and races during the month of August. The country commemorates the 1956 women’s march which took place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act. Following the upsurge of Gender-Based Violence against children, cis, non-binary and trans women, Art@Africa & Julie Miller African Contemporary present a womxn-focused exhibition that highlights the modern day womxn, as well as their contributions to society.
Whilst being feminine has always been perceived as weak and thus resulted in womxn being placed in stereotypical boxes, this exhibition aims to challenge the status quo, fight the violence that is being inflicted on cis, non-binary and trans women, whilst making a bold statement that all womxn do indeed matter and should not be disregarded in any form.
Who counts as a woman? What makes a woman? Is there a journey one needs to embark on before they can be classified and accepted as a woman? These are some of the questions that feminists and society as a whole have been grappling with for as long as we remember.
My connection to this exhibition is that my work has always been a journey of emotion, discovering stories and characters within myself and others. Often inspired by elements from the natural world, exploring the deep connection that exists between the elements of nature and emotion.
The show, which will take place at the gallery as well online from 27 August to 22 September, will feature the artworks of the top 100 artists online and selected works from the top 50 artists will be exhibited at Art@Africa, in Cape Town and Julie Miller African Contemporary, in Johannesburg.