Exploring culture, identity

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

Disturbances is an international exhibition that you do not want to miss.

The exhibition tackles the important issues of culture and identity. It is on at the Johannesburg Art Gallery until March 1.

It features works by established South African and international visual artists.

The inspiring exhibition examines the cultures of the Nordic people and South Africans.

Some of the artists who are exhibiting include: Bodil Furu, Torbjorn Rodland, Maia Urstad, Goksoyr, Martens, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Marja Helander, Veli Grano and Mika Ronkainen, Siemon Allen, Anthea Moys, James Webb, Nandipha Mntambo, Athi Patra-Ruga, Nicholas Hlobo and Alastair McLahlan.

The artists focus on psychosis, consumption, beauty and hope. The exhibition has used the mediums of sound, photography and video installations as a way of meditating on the above.

The work on display, looking at the dreams and aspirations of young people in Johannesburg, is an observation of both the concerns and hopes of later generations.

There is also a very informative film documentary about Norway's first national opera house.

The film turns the traditional hierarchy of opera production completely upside down and it also places the backstage staff, which are the foundation blocks in front of the camera, while the director and the singers are taken out of the picture.