From July 26 to August 13, 2017, the KZNSA Gallery and National Lotteries Commission will present a group exhibition by iQhiya Collective, a network of young black female artists based in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and South Africa. These artists specialise in a broad range of disciplines including performance art, video, photography, and sculpture. Members include Asemahle Ntlonti, Bronwyn Katz, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Lungiswa Gqunta, Pinky Mayeng, Sethembile Nsezane, Sisipho Nodgwana, Thandiwe Msebenzi and Thulile Gamedze.
Here, the works speak to voids, tensions and histories lingering between the materialities of the everyday, and the imaginative, fantastical futures where we might be free. Digital, print, and sculptural realisations occupy the gallery space- not as token additions to white washed, or in-vogue black man shows, but as the focal point. It is interesting to note that while these artists have been working hard in their personal capacities, black women only seem to become relevant as a collective.
The iQhiya collective is an art collective which aims to challenge the South African art monopoly that favours white, male owned galleries and black, male artists through collaborative work while asserting their presence in important art venues in South Africa. The collective was formed in June 2015 in Cape Town as a response to young black female artists voices being marginalised. It consists of a network of women that can continuously display works of art as a collective and support each other’s individual careers, as well as aims to create a safe space where female artists can share their concepts and ideas. In addition, iQhiya seeks to contest and transform invisible institutional lines that consciously or unconsciously continue to marginalise black female voices in the art world.
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