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By Patience Bambalele | Nov 17, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IN celebrating the artistic talent of female visual artists, Kizo Gallery in Durban will stage one of the biggest exhibitions featuring women only.

Titled Innovative Woman, the exhibition opens on November 20 and closes on December 10. It features the best and most creative women in the visual arts.

The artists include Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Usha Seejarim, Dineo Bopape, Nontobeko Ntombela, Ernestine White and Ingrid Masondo.

Curated by Bongi Bengu, the exhibition features unique, innovative and cutting-edge works. Innovative Woman was opened for the first time in August this year at Constitution Hill in Joburg as part of the Women's Day celebrations.

The exhibition is now touring the country to celebrate the bravery, courage and determination women displayed when they petitioned against legislation that curtailed freedom of movement for Africans during the apartheid era.

The women in the show express themselves in various mediums from video, installation, photography and painting to performance art. Though their themes might vary, they are all fighting one common problem - the way women are perceived.

The exhibition showcases the work of women artists from all over South Africa and is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture.

The exhibition will promote the work of contemporary black South African female artists and will emphasise the fact that the country has a considerable number of brilliant women keen to make their mark in the art world.

The show will start in Cape Town and then finally move to Kizo Art Gallery in Durban.


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