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DUT: Co-temporary Existence & the Moveable Arts Feast

DUT: Co-temporary Existence & the Moveable Arts Feast

Exhibition Title: Co-temporary Existence & the Moveable Arts Feast

Participants: Sabelo Khumalo, Nothando Mkhize and Nozipho Zulu

Venue: DUT Art Gallery, 1st Floor Library building, Steve Biko

Campus, Durban University of Technology

Opening date: 05 September 2008

Closing date: 08 October 2008

Durban, particularly the Art school has always been seen as a canon of producing talented artists that get swept into the mainstream cities such as Johannesburg and Cape Town. For those artists, talented as they may be, who choose to remain in Durban, career maintenance becomes difficult if you cannot afford gallery charges that come with the administration of a show. One would need to sell in order to recover those costs and Durban gives very little assurance of sales for emerging artists.

In an attempt to negotiate exposure for the these artists the Durban University of Technology’s Art Gallery, which is functioning more like a laboratory for experimentation, has offered space to three talented young artists. A unique yet difficult space to negotiate, it’s geographically location limits access to the greater public, but puts all effort to making itself accessible to the general public. Placed in the middle of an engineering dominated studies campus, monthly exhibitions are organised as a way to drawing the greater public into the University campuses, as they oddly come looking for art. Celebrating Durban in the months August & September with seven other Durban galleries this show is takes place as part of the VANSA project, the Moveable Arts Feast. Arts trail (free tour to the public) every Saturday and events every Friday , the opening of this Exhibition will be launching DUT’s Friday event of the 5 September 2008.

Showcasing the work of Sabelo Khumalo, Nothando Mkhize and Nozipho Zulu. The artists use different mediums, however find commonality in the exploration of geographic location and urban influences. Concerned about popular culture, works of Khumalo derives inspiration from prominent use of media/product advertising. He explores how media unifies the culture of global identity.

On the other hand Mkhize attempts to find traces of city occupiers by using found objects. Her umbrella pronounces her unique artistic style in the way that she has used the collage technique on found objects.

Zulu draws us to view the way that she has personally experience living in the city. Through self-study she had found herself as voyager traveling between the city and rural Zululand. In her work she talks about her body that is torn between two distinct environments, which form her identity. The elements such as apertures, that reference to the presence of the body through its residues.

Part of the gallery’s function is dedicated to collecting, documenting and conserving art. Launching the permanent collection in public space the gallery

re-addresses concerns about accessibility to the Universities collection. The DUT Art gallery is promoting its permanent collection to the public by hanging up Vinyl banners with artwork images, information on artists, around the art gallery building and through out the main Durban University of Technology campuses. The intension is making the collection accessible and recognised not only to the student body but constant DUT visitors as a way of engaging and informing the public about the DUT’s exciting collection.

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Tel: 031 3732207 or

Cell: 078 190 1221

email: artgallery@dut.ac.za;

Gallery hours: MON -THUR: 08:00 – 16:30

FRI: 08:00 – 15:30

SAT: by appointment