Artists tackle erotica

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

Intimate Confessions, a controversial exhibition that tackles serious issues about sex, is on at the Kizo Art Gallery, Durban.

Curated by Nathi Gumede, the show opened on April 22 and will run until May 4.

Intimate Confessions features works of artists such as Zephaniah Chuma, Isaiah Manzini, Anthony Holmes, Nontobeko Ntombela, Mary Sibande, Lawrence Lemoana, Amos Letsoalo, Lerato Shadi, Andrew, and Marjorie Human.

The exhibition features various art works of an erotic nature.

Gumede said: "It is important that artists cover issues relating to sex since they have remained taboo for generations, indirectly contributing to the myth around the subject and the resultant consequences."

He said the exhibition would generate some level of discussion around issues of sexuality.

Gumede pointed out that Intimate Confessions is a group show that includes paintings and sculptures.

Erotica has always been a subject interpreted in art but it has mostly remained hidden behind close doors.

"KwaZulu-Natal has one of the highest rates of HIV-Aids in the world," Gumede said.

"This makes an exhibition of this nature very relevant as it brings issues of intimacy and sex into the public domain for our communities to debate."

The exhibition is restricted to those above 18 years of age.