Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees

08 – 15 April 2017

In Oudtshoorn


The Possibility of Sight investigates the ability and desire to see what is happening in South Africa at the moment, and to articulate what is observed. There is never a moment like the present to seek an understanding of one’s personal lived experience, and as a consequence strive towards a viable collective future for everyone. This is a moment to move beyond irony, to seek new meaning and language, to behold. Curator: Prof. Raimi Gbadamosi. Artists: Michelle Monareng, Tshego Mabaso, Tatenda Magaisa, Shenaz Mohamed, Nathaniel Sheppard, Chad Cordeiro, Matshelane Xhakaza and Matete Motubatse.

Antonym explores the themes of expansiveness, generosity, love, courage and acceptance. With an excess of pessimistic media, it is easy to be become engulfed in gloomy emotions. This exhibition aims to shift the focus, without minimising acknowledgement of the unpleasant realities of the world. Antonym will be juxtaposed to the exhibitions exploring the themes of anger and greed. By delving into positive emotions and characteristics it poses subtle, passive commentary on the age of destruction. It is a visual feast of beauty, a manifesto for a brighter future. Curators: Janet Dixon and Wilhelm Vincent. Gallery: ArtKaroo. Artists: Thijs Nel, Carl Roberts, Francois Tiran, Hein Botha, Ina Marx, Janet Dixon, Wilhelm Vincent en Warren Moses

Broeigrond: Fertile Ground for Golden Regrets reinvestigates the familiar landscape of South Africa. Inspired by the flora of the Karoo, the series engages with notions of contemplative spaces within the changing landscape. Captured through an infrared photographic process on a road trip, De Jager creates “specimens” of this flora for the viewer to inspect. Through a meticulous, meditative process, De Jager then paints these images in her recognisable painting style, experimenting with multimedia and the transcendental and intangible link between memory and landscape. Artist: Ronél de Jager

Capturing State showcases a variety of printmaking techniques from different artists that print with prints on paper. The exhibition includes a range of prints from well-established to unknown artists. Experimentation is a main focuse. From prints that glow in the dark to corrugated prints with metallic colours. Experience a visual taste of the endless possibilities that modern-day printmakers are exploring. Curators: Minenkulu Ngoyi and Isaac Zavale. Artists: Vivien Kohler, Minenkulu Ngoyi, and more.

Filmverse 2 is a continuation of the ATKV’s successful project of poetry animation – a “visible” interpretation of 12 poems. It includes poems by older poets, such as Elisabeth Eybers, D.J. Opperman and Boerneef, as well as Nathan Trantraal, Andries Bezuidenhout and Ronelda Kamfer from the younger generation. Also included are poets Joan Hambidge, Johann de Lange, Jeanne Goosen, Marlise Joubert and Heilna du Plooy. It is a multilingual project with Afrikaans, English, Zulu and Sesotho soundtracks. Filmverse 1 has received international and national acclaim, with some individual films winning awards. Artistic director: Diek Grobler

Gold Mould intends to reflect James Reed’s implicit and explicit engagement with the fears and avarices of the human condition and the growing necessity for remedial action. Furthermore, it hopes to expose Reed’s idiosyncratic engagement with the idiom of “social sculpture” from a contemporaneous context and the inherent potential that such an expanded conception of art holds for ailing social and cultural conditions. Curator: Wayne Matthews Artist: James Matthew Reed

Inside Out is a collaboration between Liberty Battson and Franli Meintjes. Looking directly at Battson’s or Meintjes’ work the viewer is unable to fully comprehend the show. However, looking into the reflection the show becomes clear. The premise of the show is to encourage the viewer to not only look at the art at face value (black and white), but to look beneath both artists’ perspectives. Artists: Liberty Battson and Franli Meintjes

Natural Selection contemplates the under-appreciated aspects of our environment that, through development and urbanization, are removed from our immediate experiences. The collection of work is an intimate offering capturing moments lost to death, decay, or simply human ignorance. Different mediums including painting, drawing, print and sculpting collectively seek to define and apprehend its subjects and encourage quiet contemplation of an extended existence that we often do not make the time to see. Natural Selection challenges the boundaries between art and science and raises questions as to what constitutes an illustration as opposed to an artistic expression of the subject. Curator: Jeanne-Maré du Bois. Artists: Hanrie Coetzee, Willie Schlecter, Marinda Combrinck, Robyn Penn, Landi Raubenheimer en Shannin Antonopoulo

Over my dead body! responds to gender/child-based violence in the country. Mielke has intentionally avoided further victimisation and sensationalism, by consciously not revealing the identity of the victims. She has therefore actively turned the camera on herself and has utilised symbolic metaphors to “perform” and depict generic and specific cases of violence. She has used natural objects symbolic of alienation or defense to engage the paradox and discomfort of violence and vulnerability. The exhibition consists of a range of hand-printed, photographic printmaking techniques. It aims to respond to unacceptable levels of violence, and send a message that embodies the title of the exhibition: Over my dead body! Artist: Heidi Mielke

Sacred Hymns & Asphalt Prayers takes the baton from the festival’s curatorial theme “Greed and Fear”. The artists explore the theme through their own narratives undertaken in their respective practices. Nhlapo’s works (Unearth Series) grapple with the process of “excavation” as a cathartic means of constructing the “new” wherein images are superimposed to communicate various forms of “(un)earthed” tension. Through the literal representation of excavated archaeological sites, construction sites and other spaces of cultural significance, this visual process in fact unfolds as a metaphorical excavation of history, whilst negotiating his inner turmoil. This theme of alienation is taken further and explored collectively in Mashilo’s piece (Boer). Drawing from his earlier seminal works, the sculptural work Boer resembles a lower bust of a “white farmer’s shirt”. This contentious reference cleverly stimulates questions around ownership, greed and access. These two artists come together in a conversation that is personal and collective, poignant, and at times, cheeky. Artists: Nhlanhla Nhlapo & Setlamorago Mashilo

Jeugtalent includes works by learners from our region. Young, aspiring artists have an opportunity to submit works and the best work will be included in this visual arts exhibition in the Prince Vincent building. Experience art from our next generation of artists and keep an eye on the KKNK website for more information.

Thanatophobia – The fear of death, is the most primal and oldest of the fears. It stems from the inherent instinct in life to attempt to survive and will automatically mobilise all of the individual’s resources into the fight or flight response when threatened. The most common strategy to manage it, is denial, expressed in many forms: manic celebration; the development of complex systems of belief in an afterlife; the attempts to amass great wealth so as to develop an illusion of permanence; a continual development in medical care and genetics to ever increase lifespan; the desire of power as a means of control of one’s surroundings. This leads to the power to inflict violence on others as an expression of power to control life and death. This exhibition attempts to stare into the eyes of death and lovingly embrace it as an essential ingredient of our condition. Curator: Dead Bunny Society. Artists: Johan Thom, Wayne Matthews, Alison Jean Shaw, Laetitia Lups, Chris Slabber, Alexia Cocolas, Stefanie Langenhoven, Maaike Bakker, Dirk Bahmann, Neil Nieuwoudt, Stephan Erasmus, Christiaan Diedericks, Guy du Toit, Minien Hattingh, Elrie Joubert, Frederick Clarke, Meëk Meëk and Stephen Rosin.

The Dirty Penny Paradigm: “My life is but a dirty penny that is only valued because it is the only one. My life is but a 10 rand note that can be used only because there may be change.” – Zindzi Mandela. Greed leads to more greed – a continuous vicious cycle. Greed also roots fear – the fear of loss of wealth and power. The antithesis of wealth is poverty. Poverty is the direct result of greed and the more greed in the world, the more poverty will prevail. This exhibition explores the various repercussions of greed and fear that people experience daily. Artists: Various

The Confessional is a group exhibition that will showcase award-winning artists associated with the Barclays L’Atelier competition. The premise of the show is built on the idea of having the most searched topics represented by top African artists. Each work on show will represent an artist’s personal confession within the framework of Google’s most searched statistics. As a collective these topics are expressed within the context of the artists’ own greed and fear. Curator: Liberty Battson (overall winner of the 2014 Absa/Barclays L’Atelier). Artists: Luyanda Zindela, Francois Knoetze, Kai Lossgott, Kevin Irungu, Andrew Mwini Mutuku, Shenaz Mahomed, Louis de Villiers (Skullboy), Lebo Rasenyalo, Nompumelelo Ngoma, Heidi Mielke, Fleur de Bondt, Sophia van Wyk, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Pauline Gutter, Sandy Harris, Peter Mammes, Franli Meintjes, Daandrey Steyn, Martyn Schickerling and Nina Liebenberg. Gallery: Absa Gallery.

The Art Quater will convert Oudtshoorn’s town center into one big art gallery with exhibitions from a diverse selection of visual artists, working in numerous styles and media. Get your party card and follow the art trail in the heart of the Festival.

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Image: Marinda Combrinck – Aardvark – on Natural Selection Exhibition