The 9th August 2019, we will celebrate the National Women’s Day. For this occasion, the Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth dedicated his next exhibition to women.
PHOTOGRAPHIES by the International Women Photographers Association (IWPA).
The IWPA promotes women photographers by highlighting and exposing their practices and talents to an international audience.
The IWPA Award and the promotion of exhibitions are the main ways to achieve it.
The Association serves an important missions : To encourage and support women photographers on the path of reaffirming their personal voice and practice.
The objectives are to :
– Promote the diversity of women photographers coming from different traditions, culturels and religions.
– Reveal to the public a new selection of photographic expression.
– Expose the various testimonies of a global society
SCULPTURES by Sarah Walmsley
Sarah Walmsley graduated with her Master’s in Fine Art Sculpture in April 2018, following her BTech in Fine Art Sculpture (cum laude) at Nelson Mandela University. Walmsley’s work offers a new approach to the sculptural female nude. Her emotive sculptures gracefully bear the weight of their experience as they silently communicate with each other and their viewers. Her preferred subject matter of the female body, often explores self-portraits as her primary reference point is her body. She creates her explorative figurative sculptures in the mediums of bronze, kiln-formed glass and resin.
Through the body language and essence of her sculptures combined with the mediums in which they are created, she aims to visually portray absence and presence using the body as an allegory. This is set within a narrative of personal memory. Walmsley believes that the body is a uniting factor for all of us and individually, our bodies contribute to the ways in which we understand the world. Her work also addresses the ways in which the naked female body has been voyeuristically represented in art and aims to reclaim the female nude, through representations of ‘naked nudes’ by a female artist.
Vroum Magazine is all about empowering, inspiring and celebrating women. We have found that by sharing original stories of women creates a vast sense of community amongst themselves. It makes them feel connected, powerful and in a sense worthy of all that they are. This observes to be celebrated and revealed. Vroum magazine expresses such stories in a fresh and unusual way. We aim to reflect how women are perceived, far beyond the norms of society. Each issue focuses heavily on art and photography as a form of expression, alongside engaging interviews, essays and stories. This magazine was put together with heart and soul, with the help of many wonderful women.
The issue is about exploring vulnerability, opening yourself up to what makes you feel vulnerable and, in the process, trying to accept and learn from it. Often we as women feel that being vulnerable marks us as being weak. The first issue of Vroum goes to show how strong women are despite of the things that makes us vulnerable, despite what we struggle with on a daily basis. My hope is that you will have a deep connection with Vroum Magazine, that you will be able to relate to the message in each of the stories and that you will enjoy every moment in the company of it.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION :
Thursday 8th August 2019
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Duration of the exhibition :
From 8 to 30 August 2019
Seeking Love Exhibition - Banele Khoza
Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth and the The Nelson Mandela University Bird Street gallery are proud to present you the Seeking Love Exhibition by 2017 Gerard Sekoto winner, Banele Khoza on 1 August 2019.
The exhibition will run until 21 August 2019 at the Bird Street Gallery
Banele Khoza (1994) is a Swazi-born and South African-based visual artist. He first enrolled at the London International School of Fashion in Pretoria, but soon realized his passion was in the Fine Arts realm. Khoza holds a BTech in Fine Arts from Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria.
In 2017 he won the prestigious Gerard Sekoto Award and with it a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris with the IFAS Culture. His solo exhibitions include Temporary Feelings at the Pretoria Art Museum (2016); Lonely Nights at Lizamore Gallery (2017), LOVE? at Smith Studio in Cape Town (2018), Seeking Love at Absa. Gallery (2019). Khoza also headlined the solo exhibition titled LGBTQI+ Banele Khoza as part of the Curatorial Lab at Zeitz MOCAA (2018). Khoza opened his studio and gallery in Braamfontein; BKhz. Where he offers space to other emerging artists and curators (2018).
This collection of works reflects the complex nature of love, how important it is to acknowledge the hearts’ desires and to also learn self-love – which he wants people to walk away from the exhibition thinking about.
“This exhibition is an open love letter to whoever is
watching or reading my work – also to God/All/The
universe. I am confessing that I am ready, and I am
letting go of the search.» said Khoza about ”Seeking Love”.