Vision and Art

A long awaited evening, our very first exhibition – organised by our own.  A night of vision, creativity and a celebration of women.

Imbokodo the exhibition is the brainchild of an ambitious young woman Seemole Bodirwa who have the privilege of calling a friend and sister. She is the founder of Bodirwa Events Decor & Art Gallery.

   

 The theme of the exhibition is titled Imbokodo, pillars of strength. As young women, we are here because of the perseverance, guidance and courage of our mothers; sometimes it was a mothers reassurance that kept us going when we couldn’t go on. 

  


This exhibition celebrates that matriarchal strength, the  timeless beauty, the enigma and the success of women, our pillars of strength. The featured artist are five young women from different walks of life brought together by a passion for art  Seemole Bodirwa, Tokologo Mphaki, Nomfundo Peach, Poeletjo Phaahledi and international artists Netsa Lemma.

  

Go see the exhibition, celebrate women and most importantly support young black talent. 

Take care, 

Nomfundo 

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Venice Biennale: SA Pavilion finally announces artists | Arts and Culture | Art and Design | M&G

I’d like you to read the article first before you jump to any conclusions.

Now that you’ve understood why only one black female artist was chosen, let’s talk.

I’m an artist by profession, however, I am not practicing as an artist. I have a day job. Joy! What my friends and I always talk about is how we as black art proffessionals have little or no support from industry.

Firstly, it’s the lack of support from industry. Art is not what black parents work hard to put us through school for, so the challenge begins at home.
Secondly, we have officials who have no art background making decisions on art matters. We don’t have the right connections to get our work exhibited at an uncle’s friends’gallery.
Thirdly and lastly, we don’t want our work to be categorised as craft because we are female. I’m a fine artist not a crafts lady.

Now, back to the Venice Biennale, what artist doesn’t want to make it to the Biennale? Do we want black female artist to be chosen because of their race and gender? I know I wouldn’t! I’d want to make the list because my work is derserving and within the theme.

We don’t know how many black female artists were part of the selection. What know is that the young black artist’s works spoke of their individual experiences and issues of identity; according to the curators they were looking for artist who raised issues that embraced many aspects – issues that more people can relate to.

Representation of black artists is a pressing issue but this is a matter of context not race or gender.

What’s your take on the matter?

Nomfundo.

 

 

 

Minister warns NAF artists to toe line

The last thing the art sector needs is a minister who has no idea about art or . Making demands, trying to coerce people to express themselves in a way acceptable to a particular group of people and worst of all turning our art narrative into a racial one.

It’s not about black versus white or (dis)respecting your elders when you have opposing views. Art is a form of expression. Every artists is entitled to freely express themselves.

Minister warns NAF artists to toe line – IOL Tonight | IOL.co.za.

What are your thoughts on the minister of Arts and Culture?

Conversations with my Sons and Daughters

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I’ve started reading a book by Mamphela Ramhele, Conversations with my Sons and Daughters. As an academic, businesswoman, medical doctor, former anti-apartheid activist and now leader and founder of Agang SA a political party. She urges us as citizens to take control of our rights by confronting the issues that affect us.

I am inspired by her courage, strength and the fact that she’s a woman who has overcome and achieved so much. As an anti-apartheid activist she fought against the worst kind of oppression but her generation never gave up the fight.

In her book, she addresses and highlights certain issues about the state of our government and the mindset of the youth of South Africa in an insightful conversation with us her sons and daughters.

In African culture, elders are regarded as a parents and as a young person you respect them because they are old enough to fit that role. So listen our mother speaking out of great concern for her children.

If you have read the book or just want to share/ discuss some pointers please don’t hesitate.

Take Care
Nomfundo

Let’s Fight Racism!

Racism is a global issue that still persists in our culture. We are faced with contemporary forms of racism as discussed by:

Mr. Mutuma Ruteere, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance answers question posted across social media platforms concerning this matter.

Below is a link to the discussion about fighting racism.

http://blogs.un.org/blog/2013/03/20/answers-to-your-questions-about-fighting-racism/#sthash.OPqr8K1Y.SUVj9n8F.dpbs

Take Care
Nomfundo Peach

Women of Destiny

Why have there been no great women throughout history? I appropriate this question from Women Art and Power and Other Essays a book by Linda Nochlin. The question that was originally posed was: “why have there been no great women artists?”

This reading explores the reasons why women have not been in the spotlight throughout history and tries to answer this contentious question.

Firstly I would like to discuss the issue regarding the role of a woman in a patriarchal rule. The role, capabilities and even the story of women has always been told through the males perspective. As a result women have since been marginalised.

The ability of women has been suppressed by such a system. Only because she is of a weaker gender. I would like to stress the truth to that ideology – yes, women are generally weaker physically, however that notion doesn’t apply when we look at her non physical strengths.

Secondly, another argument posed is that there have been no great women artists because generally women are incapable of greatness. How does one come to such a conclusion when no opportunity has been presented to women to prove themselves, allowing them to oppose these narratives.

And thirdly, is the power debate. Men have always been in a position of power without feeling threatened because they’ve never had to share their position. They’ve claimed superiority without asking and passed laws without hesitating. This assertion of power has somehow deterred women from their glory.

Great and inspirational women who have defied patriarchal oppression have become the zeitgeist. Their strength transcends through their work ethic, intuition and unforgiving demeanour.

Today we celebrate and look up to so many successful and fearless women who lead homes, big corporations as well as countries. Women have taken full possession of their position in society and they are stirring up the power scale.

This hunger and determination to rise above the stereotypes is fuelled by independence, the right to equality and subliminal thoughts that we are more than what biology and history say we are. This zealous spirit to achieve beyond expectation has afforded women great opportunities in the work environment causing a sense of unrest to our male counterparts.
Today, we can confidently say that women are better leaders as generation of women are in leadership positions in very successful corporations.

Although there is still a lot that has to be done in order to change the ways in which we are socialised in order to overcome some lingering stereotypes.

Women are celebrated more today because we tell our own stories, set our limits and create our own destiny.
And yes, we are capable of greatness.

Take Care
Nomfundo Peach

Ladies of Destiny

Ladies of Destiny