DUT: HIV/AIDS AWARENESS THROUGH ART
“Africa in Chains” (image available on request) is part of a solo show by Scottish artist Alex Flett, currently on view at the DUT Gallery, Steve Biko Campus. The 100 x 70 centimeter woodblock print equates the struggle to free Africa of the virus to the struggle to eradicate the slavery which the continent suffered in centuries past. Flett, a former advisor with the Amasiko cultural programme of the XIII International AIDS Conference held in Durban in 2000, has also developed workshops at the XIV Conference in Barcelona, the XV AIDS Conference in Bangkok, and acted as delegate for the SA art charity, Art for Humanity, at the XVI Toronto Conference last year.
The 57 year old artist is also represented in the famous Break the Silence print portfolio and billboard project, launched by Art for Humanity, and which this November was added to the prestigious collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The current exhibition at DUT, called “Durban Odyssey”, reflects the artist’s seven year association with the City, his membership of the board of Art for Humanity, and with the Fine Art Department of the University of Technology.
Visitors are welcome see “Africa in Chains” and the other artworks of “Durban Odyssey during Gallery opening hours 8.30 am – 4.30 pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30 am to 3 pm on Friday, until the 14th December. Secure parking is available through gate 2 at Steve Biko Campus.
Artist name: Alex Flett
Exhibition Title: Durban Odyssey
Opening: 13 November 2007
Closing Date: 15 December 2007
Venue: Art Gallery, 1st Floor library building, Steve Biko Campus, Berea, Durban
Further information from Nontobeko Ntombela, Curator DUT Gallery, phone 031 373 2207.
Raylene Captain Hasthibeer
Public Affairs and Communications