- Ley Mboramwe
- Loyiso Mkize
- Mia Darling
- Theko Boshomane
- Amy Lindeque
The winter has arrived once more. Another summer gone and the sighs of the dams, as they feel the rain once more, echo the relief felt by us all. Twenty-five years have now come and passed since the first election of democratic South Africa in 1994 and we have once more cast our votes. Around the world and in South Africa, we become collective in expression through our shared experiences. There is a converse danger, however, of the delusion that comes through sharing in today’s world of social media and our constant ‘online’ status. Filtered, we can present an illusory existence that sets up veiled truths and untruths. In this way, we are in danger of becoming embroiled in a collective delusion of falsehood and living up to unrealistic expectations. To counteract this, there is a need to step away, get out, walk onward. Is there a middle ground that can embrace the productivity of networked associations that allow for strangers to become lifelong friends, the opportunity to learn and challenge through visibility and expressions of difference, and the sinister flipside of disillusionment and isolation?
Through art – making and viewing, sharing and experiencing – a space for expression and exploration can exist. Ley Mboramwe’s paintings are filled with frenetic energy and sensory colours that move and excite, transporting the viewer to new contexts. Loyiso Mkize’s evocative re-presentations reimagine our contexts, our dreams and our existence as entities that can weave narratives together. The work by Mia Darling engages the potentials of playfulness and the uncanny; by riffing off what we recognise across her pastel palette, she subverts our assumptions to be sure we’re paying attention. Theko Boshomane’s creations push our understanding of embodiment and how we might relate to each other as beings. This exhibition asks for us to take time to evaluate and take stock of what is taken for granted through delusion. However, the works also envelope us, transporting us into an alternate realm of engagement where we can collectively imagine along with the artists.
Twenty-five years on from 1994, we must continue to strive for equality, empowerment and empathy. By acknowledging the delusions that we face, collectively we can push for truth, despite the vastness and variety of our individual experiences.