TLADI WILL INSPIRE SA ARTISTS

CELEBRATED South African poet and visual artist Lefifi Tladi, who emigrated to Sweden during the dark days of apartheid, will be exhibiting his works at the National Cultural History in Pretoria.

CELEBRATED South African poet and visual artist Lefifi Tladi, who emigrated to Sweden during the dark days of apartheid, will be exhibiting his works at the National Cultural History in Pretoria.

The exhibition opens on September 1.

Despite having lived abroad for so long Tladi has remained one of South Africa's most respected expressionists. This project again highlights his contribution to art.

Tladi's outlook in life was influenced by the black consciousness movement. He projected this philosophy through his artistic work. Had he spoken out about burning issues of the time there is no way Tladi could have escaped prison.

The constant harassment from the security police was the catalyst that made him skip the country and settle in Botswana, where he enjoyed artistic freedom for the first time.

In 1980 he studied art at Gerlesborgsskolan in Stockholm in Sweden.

Before being forced out of his motherland Tladi's passion for the arts saw him open a museum in GaRankuwa. But it was closed down by the apartheid forces.

He used his art to create an awareness of the plight of his fellow South Africans in Europe.

In 1988 Tladi held a poetry and art exhibition with another young South African artists, Artimo, in London in the UK and in Oslo in Norway.

Still living in Sweden Tladi often comes to South Africa to impart knowledge to up-and-coming artists and poets.

"I love art and poetry because they are enlightening and challenging to creativity," he said.

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