Exhibition: We see (in) the dark by Nthabiseng Mokoena

By Vanguard Reporter

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Nthabiseng Mokoena, a 26 year old trainee chartered accountant living in Johannesburg, won the Curate Life Collection Competition as part of the Life Collection located at the 12 Decades hotel in the Maboneng precinct. As part of her win, Nthabiseng curated an exhibition in the MOAD Project Space from August 2015.

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Of the exhibition, Mokoena says “This exhibition provides us with an opportunity to focus on the grotesque, sinister aspects of ourselves and our society, and to gain clarity by choosing to see the darkness. This is not simply an encouragement of hopelessness and cynicism; it is a moment to gain a more holistic view of our experiences by looking into the darkness. We see (in) the dark was inspired by the concept of Buntu Fihla’s photographic exhibition “Isizathu esihle singafihla ububi”, which brings attention to the negative impact and insincere justifications of the Bantustans, which are often camouflaged by the positive, nationalist light in which they are viewed. Through the artworks selected, we can ask ourselves about the darkness in our experiences, the spaces that we occupy and our own dark imaginations which guide our perspectives.”

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Mokoena believes that art has the power to reveal a little bit more about the complexities of human life. She is inspired by watching films, visiting galleries, and listening to music, and draws her energy from spending time with family and friends.

The artist will give a walkabout on the afternoon of Sunday, 13 September.  The exhibition runs until 20 September 2015.

Visit www.moadjhb.com for more on the exhibition.

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