An international sculpture exhibition in one of Gauteng’s most beautiful landscapes, complete with exquisite food and wine from the Franschhoek Valley.
Artlogic’s renowned Winter Sculpture Fairreturns for its 6th edition at the Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park near the Cradle of Humankindon the weekend of 12 and 13 May, 2018.
In partnership with Franschhoek Tourism, the Fair will afford our visitors the opportunity to sample some of the country’s best food and wine from the famed Cape Valley. Top restaurants and wineries will set up shop alongside one another to offer audiences a feast of their choosing, from artisanal cheeses by Fromages de France to wine from Babylonstoren as well as the famed chocolate desserts by Huguenot Fine Chocolates.This Mother’s Day weekend promises to be a delight for the entire family to be enjoyed meandering through the beautiful grounds of Nirox and picnicking amongst the sculptures. The 2018 Winter Sculpture Fairwill mark the opening of the NIROX Foundation annual winter sculpture exhibition to the public, in collaboration with the Swedish sculpture park, Wanås Konst/The Wanås Foundation. The exhibition is supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation.
ABOUT THE WINTER EXHIBITION:NOT A SINGLE STORY
From 12 May until the end of July, NIROX will host its Winter 2018 sculpture exhibition, co-curated by the Swedish Wanås Konst sculpture park and the Wanås Foundation., and co-directed by Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell.
The exhibition title, Not A Single Story, is inspired by the TED Talk given by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and is the starting point of the exhibition, positing that diversity strengthens rather than divides us. The exhibition is an exchange between sculpture parks on two continents and the selected artists come from various backgrounds and represent a rich diversity of perspectives. The exhibition is interested in showcasing works by forerunners of the modern art world alongside the less established (emerging) artists, looking at individual practices as overlapping dialogues and bringing contemporary concerns to the fore.
Artwork Top: Mary Sibanda, Let slip the Dogs of War
Image Above: Photo Henry Engelbrecht
The exhibition and its comprehensive educational programme, which is aimed at children and the youth to expand their understanding of life and art, is supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation. The exhibition, along with educational exchanges of talks, tours and workshops, is presented in the NIROX Winter Program context, with a wider range of programs such as concerts and pop-up restaurants to stimulate creative thought and promote good values, towards building a better world.
This will be the second NIROX exhibition in collaboration with a leading global sculpture park. In 2016 NIROX collaborated successfully with Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in similar fashion. As a result several African artists found their way to new opportunities through YSP. One of our objectives is to validate and extend this practise for the future, opening doors worldwide NIROX’s intention is to alternate these initiatives with exhibitions that showcase younger artists.Such as the 2017 Winter Exhibition which gave the park to 6 local universities and their appointed curators. 2018 is a return to the international stage.
Wanås Konst and the NIROX Foundation are pleased to announce that the following artists will participate in NOT
A SINGLE STORY: Lubaina Himid, Yoko Ono, Esther Mahlangu, Jane Alexander, Mary Sibande, Nandipha Mntambo, Mwangi Hutter, Lungiswa Gqunta, Sethembile Msezane, Frances Goodman, Nelisiwe Xaba, Sophia Van Wyk, Caroline Mårtensson, Bronwyn Katz, Claudette Schreuders, Whitney McVeigh, Beth Diane Armstrong, Dineo Bopape, Gunilla Klingberg and Peter Geschwind, Marcia Kure, Marianne Lindberg De Geer, Latifa Echakhch, Lena Cronqvist, Ayana V Jackson, Zanele Muholi and Rachel Tess.
The artists represent a diversity of perspectives as they range from forerunners and matriarchs, to emerging artists within contemporary art in South Africa, the African diaspora, Sweden and other regions. Japanese artist Yoko Ono, commonly seen as the grandmother of conceptual and performance art, will exhibit her ongoing installation series Wish Trees. This iteration of the installation is titled Wish Trees for Hope, a name Ono nominated especially for her first showcase in Africa. Now 82, iconic artist Esther Mahlangu is known for her colourful artworks that jump between contemporary disciplines such as pop art, abstraction and graphic design. Following the painting customs passed down from the generations of women in her family, her brightly coloured murals have captured the attention of audiences around the globe. Mahlangu will present a traditional Ndebele mural, showcasing the best of pattern, colour and geometry for NOT A SINGLE STORY.The NIROX Sculpture Park and Wanås Konst are also incredibly proud to announce the participation of 2017 Turner Prize Winner, Lubaina Himid. Himid will be exhibiting in Africa, the continent of her birth, for the first time. She will show a selection of the painted cut-outs from Vernet’s Studio, a twenty-six-piece installation featuring representations of artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo and Betye Saar. Established South African artist Jane Alexander will exhibit Security in NOT A SINGLE STORY. This is the second time Alexander will exhibit in the NIROX Sculpture Park after showing in 2010.Securitycontinues in Alexander’s language, which among other things is concerned with borders, security and displacement. We are also pleased to welcome back Nandipha Mntambo, Mary Sibande, Whitney McVeigh, Frances Goodman and Beth Diane Armstrong for NOT A SINGLE STORY.
Artwork Above: Yoko Ono, Wish Tree for Wanas
Dancer and performance artist Nelisiwe Xaba will present a second version of her performance lecture Bang Bang Wo, which was first presented at The Centre for the Less Good Idea. Directly translated from Mandarin, Bang Bang Womeans ‘help’ and the performance explores the politics of aid. As performance art develops momentum and a growing presence in South Africa, Wanås Konst and the NIROX Foundation are pleased to include this discipline in a largely sculptural show.
NOT A SINGLE STORY will hear voices from the African diaspora with the inclusion of Kenyan-German artists Mwangi Hutter, American artist Ayana V Jackson, U.S-based Nigerian artist Marcia Kure and Moroccan-French artist Latifa Echakhch. These diaspora members explore various themes including their complex sense of identity and culture, personal and collective histories and post-colonial destabilisation.
It is with immense excitement that we welcome Claudette Schreuders and Zanele Muholi who will be exhibiting at the NIROX Sculpture Park for the first time as a part of NOT A SINGLE STORY. Emerging talents Bronwyn Katz,
Sophia van Wyk, Dineo Bopape, Sethembile Msezane & Lungiswa Gquntawill also exhibit for the first time, showcasing work that represents the forefront of contemporary art practise in South Africa and closes the loop on the generational dialogue between artists.
Swedish artists Caroline Mårtensson, Gunilla Klingberg and Peter Geschwind, Rachel Tess, Marianne Lindberg De Geer and Lena Cronqvist represent the Swedish contingent of artists as introduced by the Wanås Foundation.
Exhibiting Artists (by nationality) in are: SOUTH AFRICA
Jane Alexander (SA)
Beth Armstrong (SA)
Frances Goodman (SA)
Lungiswa Gqunta (SA)
Bronwyn Katz (SA)
Esther Mahlungu (SA)
Nandipha Mntambo (Swaziland/SA)
Sethembile Msezane (SA)
Claudette Schreuders (SA)
Mary Sibande (SA)
Sophia van Wyk (SA)
Nelisiwe Xaba (SA)
Lena Cronqvist (SE)
Peter Geschwind (SE)
Marianne Lindberg De Geer (SE)
Caroline Mårtensson (SE)
Rachel Tess (SE)
INTERNATIONAL AND DIASPORA
Latifa Echakhch (MA/FR)
(ZAN/UK) Turner Prize winner 2017
Mwangi Hutter (KE/GER)
Ayana V Jackson (US)
Marcia Kure (NIG/US)
Whitney McVeigh (UK)
Yoko Ono (Japan/US)
Powered with the help of Grotech, visitors will be able to download the NIROX App to provide live mapping of their location in the park, the exhibition catalogue and related information.
The 2018 Winter Sculpture Fair is open from 10h00 – 17h00 daily on both 12 and 13 May, 2018.
Tickets are available online only prior to the event at www.tixsa.co.za for R220- R240. Children 12 years and under enter for free.
For more information, visit www wintersculpturefair.co.za or email firstname.lastname@example.org or like the Winter Sculpture Fairon Facebook.