Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation launched a three-week art exhibition, On Main Road, at the historic Constitutional Hill Women’s Jail in Braamfontein on Wednesday night. The exhibition is one of the Foundation’s activities to commemorate its 15th anniversary.
On Main Road showcases over 70 works that address such themes as inequality, inclusion and exclusion.Some of South Africa’s most compelling emerging and established artists are exhibited through works of fine art, posters, photography, video, craft and design.
Guest speaker Nelson Makamo, a world-renowned artist, lauded the multiple generations of artists’ works on display.
“It speaks to the past, the present and the future,” he said, “and recalls my own life journey”.
“As a young man growing in Limpopo, I never imagined that I would one day become a celebrated artist and earn a living from my work,” he said.
”Entities such as Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation support and encourage artists, thus making it possible to earn a living and inspire the youth through art,” he said.
Among the works on display are two photographic works by 14 year olds Unathi Nkuna and Molly Lebea from Sitjwetla informal settlement near Alexandra township.
“Their works challenge one-dimensional representations of informal settlement communities,” CEO of the Foundation, Mmabatho Maboya, said.
“This exhibition relates to our purpose, which is to foster an inclusive society, and we aim for it to contribute to the national conversation on this important matter,” she said.
The exhibition runs from 21st November to 15 December 2019 and is open to the public at no cost. Click here for the exhibition catalogue.
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