Sibyllines exhibition - Alliance Française of Johannesburg

Sibyllines exhibition will question the complexity of identity of African womxn and the stereotypical image that is often related to them.


Sibyllines is a group show by Azania Forest, Boitumelo Mazibuko, Paul Shiakallis, Nontsikelelo Veleko and Nelisiwe Xaba.
Opening on the 10th of August at 18:00.

From 10 August to 26 August // 9:00 - 19: 00

Venue: Alliance Française of Johannesburg, 17 Lower Park Drive, cnr Kerry Road, Parkview

Azania Forest (Lesego Seoketsa):
Azania Forest is a multidisciplinary artist, fashion designer and self-taught photographer.
Deeply influenced by the Masters of painting, she refers to the long tradition of portrait to question contemporary issues a young South African black womxn has to face. Much of her work is self-portraits that are centred on the themes of identity and intersectional feminism. With three of her photography series, My Body Prepares for Life, The Woman with Blue Eyes, and We Will Rise she creates a mismatch in order to tell about the social pressure that relies on womxn.
She hopes to create a different conversation about feminism and how it relates to women of colour more specifically.

Boitumelo Mazibuko:
Boitumelo Mazibuko is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer and videographer. She completed her Btech in Fine Arts at the University of Johannesburg in 2015.
She uses traditional mediums and digital platforms such as photography and video to create her works of art. Her work always lean towards the relationships that women have with society and how society relates to them.

Paul Shiakallis:
Paul Shiakallis is a first generation South African born in 1982 to parents of Cypriot descent.
He studied photography at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria; thereafter he crafted his photographic voice with personal projects in Cyprus, Brazil, Australia, USA and Botswana.
As a male feminist artist, he is committed in his work to highlight ordinary women’s brave lifestyle choices as in his series Leathered skins, unchained hearts. Through these pictures, he gives a space to this small community of female Heavy Metal fans to express themselves freely as they are generally undermined by the patriarchal environment they face on a daily basis
Along with this artistic work, Paul Shiakallis also works on commercial projects from his studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nontsikelelo Veleko:
Nontsikelelo ‘Lolo’ Veleko is a South African photographer most notably recognised for her depiction of black identity, urbanisation and fashion in post-apartheid South Africa.
In 2007, Veleko’s work and reputation reached a larger international audience with her travelling exhibition titled Wonderland. This project focuses on familiar aspects of her previous work such as fashionable street-goers, primarily younger adults, as well as graffiti and personal spaces. Through exploration of such subjects Veleko continues to delve deeper and defy clichés of outdated perceptions of South Africans, and Africans in a larger context, that have been largely focused on the notions of fashion and the way of life.
Veleko’s work presents a strong statement of a younger generation that is loud, self-expressive and daring; a collection of youth she strongly relates to. Such sentiments are evident in the photographs resulting from what she considers to be a ‘collaborative process’.
Nontsikelelo Veleko now lives and works in France.

Nelisiwe Xaba:
Born and raised in Dube, Soweto Nelisiwe Xaba began her vibrant career in dance almost 20 years ago. In the early 1990s she received a scholarship to study at the Johannesburg Dance Foundation, as well as the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. Returning to South Africa in 1997, Xaba joined Pact Dance Company and later launched her solo career, and began working with a variety of esteemed choreographers, including Robyn Orlin. Since then Xaba has been involved in various multi-media projects, collaborating with visual artists, fashion designers, theatre and television directors, poets and musicians. Xaba’s seminal works such as Plasticization and They Look At Me & That’s All They Think have toured to various parts of the world for the past several years. The latter piece, inspired by the Hottentot Venus (Sara Baartman) saw Xaba collaborate with fashion
designer Carlo Gibson of Strangelove. In 2008, Xaba collaborated with Haitian dancer and choreographer Ketty Noel to create a duet titled Correspondances – a satirical look into the politics of women to women relationships, which toured to various countries in South America, Europe and Africa. Her piece Black!..White? premiered in Paris in 2009. In the same year Xaba produced The Venus, combining two of her solo pieces, the earlier work They Look At Me and Sakhozi says non to the Venus, originally commissioned by the Musee du Quai Branly. A performance by Xaba forms part of Imaginary Fact – Contemporary South African Art and the
Archive at the South African pavilion exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale.

Special thanks to:
Nelisiwe Xaba, Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Henri Vergon and the AFRONOVA GALLERY, Marie Fricout.

For more info: 011 646 1169 - communication.jhb[at]

Source: Alliance Française of Johannesburg

publie le 07/08/2017

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