Similarly to the progress made in the promotion and protection of human rights by those that dared to seek equality for South Africans, globally, the women in the art world were galvanised by an essay that questioned “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” In the 1970s, that movement continued locally with the staging of Game Changing Women – a group art exhibition hosted at the iconic Constitution Hill from 19 – 21 March 2022.
Aimed at celebrating game-changing women in different industries, communities and activism spaces, Basile Art and Projects, in collaboration with FutureAzania.org, presents a spirited group exhibition created by five (5) renowned women artists that use different mediums to illuminate the rhetoric of women as the game-changers they are. The all-black, all-female curated exhibition will form part of the broader Human Rights Festivities at the historic venue. The proceedings will kick off on day one with dialogue facilitated by Lufuno Muthubi-Mthethwa in conversation with the artists:
- Ivy Rihlampfu
- Nobuhle Mavundla
- Zanele Dhlamini
- Mbali Tshabalala, Carol Motolo
- Lerato Motau
Day two and three will see each artist take the patrons through a guided experience of their body of work.
“The artists that we have collaborated with are some of the most prolific in their own right. We have Mbali, whose artistic practice is an ongoing interrogation of ideas around the state of existence as a phenomenon affected by race, gender, religion and philosophy. Zanele reminds us that family is not biology dependent.
Photographer Numbuhle uses her work to open up about her positive HIV status. Lerato tells her story of overcoming dyslexia through visual arts and Ivy creates portraits of black women as she investigates different versions of and various roles that black women play in South Africa, with a particular interest in street vendors,” says Lufuno Muthubi-Mthethwa, Project Lead, Manager and Exhibition Dialogue facilitator.
While the exhibition opening and dialogue are invite-only, the public is invited to attend the exhibition and walk-about over the weekend. The artwork will be on sale with prices ranging from R1500.00 – R30000.00. Parts of the proceeds from the sales will go to the Philip Kushlick School – Special Needs School in Diepkloof Soweto to create a sustainable art space. If you are unable to make it during the weekend activities, you can still catch the exhibition at the Women’s Jail from 22 March – 22 April.
Basile Art and Projects is a platform that promotes art accessibility by hosting pop-up exhibitions and performances in already existing spaces by operating as a mobile art gallery for creative artists. Future Azania is a Section 18A Non-Profit Company that aims to create knowledge access areas in Design and Tech by setting up accessible platforms in marginalized communities.