AGAINST THE GRAIN: FIVE SCULPTORS IN WOOD

  • Location: South African National Gallery
  • From: August 14, 2013     To: November 17, 2013
AGAINST THE GRAIN: FIVE SCULPTORS IN WOOD
Thami Kiti, Cat (detail) (1990s) Red oak, (Private Collection)

Against the Grain profiles the work of five wood sculptors from the Western Cape. Working for many years in often difficult conditions with little support, the artists Isaac Makeleni, Ishmael Thyssen, Shepherd Mbanya, Timothy Mafenuka, and Thami Kiti have all produced imaginative and skilful works of art. While showcasing their work, Against the Grain also questions their present exclusion from the South African artistic canon as well as the lack of appreciation of the work of black African wood sculptors in present discourses about contemporary African art.

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