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Bay art lovers will be afforded the opportunity to engage with one of the “Fantastic” art exhibition curators, art historian Dr Nomusa Makhubu when she conducts a public walkabout of the exhibition at NMMU’s Bird Street Art Gallery on Wednesday, August 10.

FANTASTIC WORK: NMMU arts masters students Ilse Vomer and Siyabonga Ngaki showing off some of the artwork on display at the two-week long Fantastic art exhibition at NMMU’s Bird Street Gallery.

The exhibition, hosted by the NMMU Department of Visual Arts in conjunction with the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis Art Gallery, will be running until August 18.

The walkabout by the co-curator will begin at 10.30am.

Co-curated by fine artist Nkule Mabaso, the exhibition features work by artists including Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Aida Muluneh and Dineo Bobape.

With terms such as ‘supernatural’, ‘magic’ and ‘fetish’, the visual arts showcase brings together a diverse mix of African artists using photography, illustration, animation and video to illustrate the fantastic.

Makhubu said: “The exhibition, Fantastic, seeks to re-ignite critical thought about the fantastic and considers it to be one of the crucial ways of comprehending the contemporary complexity in which uneven international economic and cultural relations contribute to the bizarre realities of contemporary life.

“Drawing inspiration from writers such as Ben Okri, this exhibition brings together contemporary artwork that has engaged with the fantastic as a concept that must be used discursively.”

The idea behind the exhibition stems from Dr Makhubu’s doctoral research, with work selected from artists who explore the realm of the fantastic in their art.

To confirm your attendance at the walkabout, e-mail Mary Duker on by 5pm on Tuesday, August 9.

Contact information
Mrs Mary Duker
Principal Lecturer: Department of Art and Design
Tel: 27 41 504 3406