Silk and Steel

Silk and Steel – Opening – 28 August 2014


The SILK AND STEEL EXHIBITION is a re-examination of the intrinsic roles and invaluable contributions of women in transcending history. The exhibition is a gender dialogue that is only purposed to facilitate the discourse around, expressions and views on women’s contributions, and how these are located in contemporaneity but also seeks to showcase the artwork that has emerged from a different perspective and sensibility .

Our expectations as a gallery is to through this exhibition explore and interrogate the idea of an interdisciplinary panorama in which the various forms of the arts, across the creative spectrum are produced by women. In conceptualization, the exhibition focuses on media and , the language of art expressed through its diverse forms.

August is significantly set aside throughout the world annually to celebrate and highlight issues and exigencies regarding women, this thematic exhibition which focuses solely on female artists only is designed to stimulate a diverse discourse in visual metaphor . In addition, the exhibition by focusing on women, intends to facilitate the understanding of the key role women have played historically in the arts through history promoting dialogue and combating prejudice.

The SILK and STEEL exhibition interrogates political history and ideology criticisms through the lens of contemporaneity richly grounded in cultural and historical contexts. The exhibition extends debates around women in general but also looks at women through the lens of other women, as well as at on going debates between traditionalists and modernists.

Artists include Mary Sibande, Ivy Kulundu, Florine Demosthene, Zanele Muholi, Tanisha Bhana, Euridice Kala, Phumla Matolo, Emma Minkley, Busi Mcomanzi, Nomusa Makhubu 

September 2014 – Silk and Steel

–  Dialogue – Art & Architecture

October 2014       – A shade Of Pink

– The RAMP – Cross Discipline

November 2014 – In Search Of the Insignia, Under 30

February 2015 – Sense, Sex and Sensibility

April/May 2015 – Stars & Stripes – The re-union



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