In rural South African culture a greeting is a formal recognition


a group exhibition
opening “First Thursday” 3rd May at 6pm

on view until 18th May 2018 at.The Cape Gallery 

In rural South African culture a greeting is a formal recognition. It can begin before people meet, at a distance, and slowly evolve into an extended exchange of formalities that include an inquiry into the health, circumstances and well being of the other person as well as that of their relatives and other members of their community. Finally, when two people meet, the handshake is courteous and takes time. Only after these pleasantries does the business of the day come under discussion.


Boyce magandela

Meshack Tembani

South Africa is a vast country of contrasting landscapes. Migrants by choice or by the financial imperatives of urbanization, come to the city steeped in the traditions and rituals of their rural homes. These rituals embody and enact events that celebrate the great, slow, natural cycles of life through the medium of dance, chant and drumming.

Patrick Holo

Today in the staging of a theatrical production for a multi-cultural audience substantive body language is key to a broad understanding of the narrative. So too in the visual arts canvas and paper become a platform for action and incident. The already established artists on this exhibition require a formal recognition. It can begin as the viewer understands the culture that informs each piece and takes time to recognize the significance of the actions and the symbolism portrayed.

Participating Artists include:

David Hlongwane, Patrick Holo, Thami Kitty, Boyce Magandela, Lindile Magunya,
Charles Maleka, Shepherd Mbanya, Xolile Mtakatya, Sam Nhlengethwa, Malibongwe Shangaaz, Velile Soha, Theo Ntuntwana, Meshack Tembani, Mandla Vanyaza, Voyiya Vuyile,
Timothy Zantsi.

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