'Tell Freedom': South African artists build up some Dutch courage

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'Tell Freedom': South African artists build up some Dutch courage

Christa Dee
Video still from 'MOREMOGOLO (GO BETLWA WA TAOLA)' 2016 by Lerato Shadi
Video still from 'MOREMOGOLO (GO BETLWA WA TAOLA)' 2016 by Lerato Shadi

Kunsthal KAdE in the Netherlands will host a new exhibition titled Tell Freedom by 15 South African artists who engage with South Africa’s history of racial violence, racial capitalism, inequalities and injustice. But there's a strong sense of hope for the future that comes across in their work - a realistic hope that comes from being deeply embedded in a layered socio-political context.

Their work interrogates differing levels of social, political and economic injustices rooted in the colonial and apartheid eras. They attempt to understand their own position in both the fluid and solidified aspects of the country’s social fabric. This also allows the artists to create an image of South Africa’s future which is expressed through visual vernaculars.

‘Verraaier – Devil’s Peak’ 2017 by Francois Knoetze.
PEAK EXPERIENCE ‘Verraaier – Devil’s Peak’ 2017 by Francois Knoetze.

The exhibition is curated by fine artist, culture consultant and curator Nkule Mabaso and writer and critic Manon Braat. They ask if it is possible to envisage a future based on principles of humanity and equality, rather than on exclusion and division. The objective of the exhibition and associated event is to contribute towards conversations and theoretical engagements on inequality to achieve a more inclusive society in South Africa and the Netherlands.

‘The Pied Piper’ 2013 by Lebohang Kganye.
CUTOUT COLLECTIVE ‘The Pied Piper’ 2013 by Lebohang Kganye.

The artists are Bronwyn Katz, Neo Matloga, Donna Kukama, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Lerato Shadi, Madeyoulook, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Lebohang Kganye, Ashley Walters, Francois Knoetze, Mawande Ka Zenzile, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Dineo Seshee Bopape and Sabelo Mlangeni.

The exhibition is on until May 6.