In the old plantation suburb of Saxonwold and in a recast tram shed, a fine arts treasure has unfolded. The exhibition called Kahlo, Sher-Gil, Stern: Modernist Identities in the Global South opened on 25 October and was preceded by three well-attended lectures on each of the three artists. The lectures sought to locate them as the revolutionary figures they each were in establishing a modernist identity in their work — as well as celebrated artists globally. What Kellner has done is to draw together that which is common among them to disrupt the colonial gaze.

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