Thinking the Future into Being

Presented at the Javett Art Centre Student Gallery at the University of Pretoria, 1-31 August 2019.

Featuring artists from African Stone Art Gallery, Marie Vermeulen-Breedt,  Rob Kearney and The Dark Cow.

Curated by Carlyn Strydom

Conceived of by Prof. Sibusisio Vil-Nkomo at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship from the University of Pretoria, Mr. Gerard de Kamper from the University of Pretoria and Ms. Lungile Ngakane from the Albert and Nokukhanya Luthuli Peace and Development Institute.

Thinking the future into being takes its leave from thinking through what a sustainable and peaceful democracy can be. In collaboration with the Albert and Nokukhanya Peace and Development Institute, the exhibition explores our history through art with reference to the twelve men commonly referred to as the Rivonia Trialists: Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Rusty Bernstein, Raymond Mhlaba, Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, Dennis Goldberg, Jimmy Kantor, Arthur Goldreich, Andrew Mlangeni, Harold Wolpe and Elias Motsoaledi, who contributed to the freedoms we have today. Using the Rivonia Trialists as an example of exemplary leadership, the exhibition begins a conversation on our current state of leadership and explores the ways in which we can work through our democracy to fulfill the dream of South Africa: a peaceful and fair society.

The Rivonia Trialists, painted by the artist Marie Vermeulen-Breedt, is the only collection of paintings of all the Rivonia Trialists in existence and serves as a reminder of the efforts and sacrifices made towards our liberation. The exhibition will include a special portrait of the late Oliver Reginald Tambo and a painting by Rob Kearney of Nelson Mandela’s cabinet.

Included in the exhibition is a selection of Zimbabwean stone sculptures created by the artists of African Stone Art Gallery, some of whom reside in South Africa and others who continue to purpose their passion in their home county. These stone sculptors continue the long-standing tradition of their fore-bearers. Using a variety of stones, including the notable Spring Stone from Zimbabwe, the artists display adept skill in figurative and abstract forms. Their work is a constant reminder of how a people with meagre resources continue to share with South Africa and the globe their innate talent.

A special musical piece has been composed by the musician The Dark Cow in response the theme of the exhibition titled Marching Towards…?  the composition signals our march towards a sustainable future.



The catalogue is available here



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