Having been in operation for the more than 50 years, the Centre sees it crucial to provide a platform of expression to its artists allowing them to comment on social issues affecting our country and the global community. The title and theme of the exhibition concurs with Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human rights stating that every human being has the inherent right to life. The African Art Centre and its artists truly believe that everyone has a right to life - a life of dignity and hope as will be depicted in this exhibition.
A group of nine artists were invited to interpret the AIDS conference theme through 2-dimensional works on paper and on canvas. The group is comprised of both established and upcoming local Durban artists. The group was encouraged to work on a medium of choice while creating a sense of hope and dignity to those individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Sibusiso Duma (1977) is a reputable Durban artist living in Ntuzuma Township; his work is available in major private and public collections. This artist executed his paintings in acrylic with his fine painterly pointillism technique on a bright background. Duma's work features figurative silhouettes interacting with one another on large canvas surfaces; this is his own representation of men and women in our society.
Joseph Manana (1963) is no stranger to the art industry; he has been practicing since the 1990s. His series of canvases reflects his signature technique of painting in vibrant colours with atmospheric landscape backgrounds, a sense of life, love, joy and happiness permeates throughout his work.
Welcome Danca (1978) produced a series of oil paintings executed in a simplified semiabstract technique depicting women and children in our society. In his statement, Danca reminds us of the need to protect and keep women and children safe and to allow them to prosper in life.
Zakhele Hlabisa (1987) is one of our young upcoming artists hailing from Mtubatuba in Zululand. This multitalented young man enjoys painting in acrylic and exploring various social themes through painting. His figurative paintings are executed in an almost realistic technique that compels the viewer to be emotionally involved in his work.
Xolile Mazibuko (1984), the only female artist in the group, refers to herself as a profoundly spiritual person and a follower of the Shembe faith. She has articulated the exhibition theme based on her experience as a young black women and a member of the Shembe Church.
The Centre cordially invites the public to attend the exhibition opening on Thursday 14 July 2016 at 17:30 for 18:00. The exhibition will end on 30 July 2016.