Rites of Passage: Between Light and Shadow

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Nú Barreto, 'Optimismo Duvidoso', 2016, mixed media on canvas, 130cm x 130cm .
Nú Barreto, ‘Optimismo Duvidoso’, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 130cm x 130cm .

Sulger-Buel Lovell is honoured to present a group exhibition curated by Kefiloe Siwisa, assisted by Antonia Bamford.

The exhibition features artists from Guinea Bissau, the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, USA and South Africa: Nú Barreto, Othello De’Souza-Hartley, Wycliffe Mundopa, Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude, Ralph Ziman, Christine Dixie, Paul Emmanuel, David Lurie, and Neill Wright.

Rites of Passage: Between Light and Shadow, explores the archetypal experiences that mark the transition from one phase of presence to another. These gold framed, transient moments become markers of living; birth rites, religious or cultural initiations, mortuary rites and everything in between; first words, first kisses, educational milestones, growing pains from adolescence to adulthood.

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Recounting, re-enacting and documenting rites of passage, through sculpture, printmaking and photographic and painted tableaus, these artists bring our awareness back to familiar moments of release and transformation. They depict both light and shadow, questioning the role of rites of passage in the formation of systems of empowerment and constraint. They ask the question, who are we if not a sum of these moments…who are we outside of these moments?

Featured image: Nú Barreto ‘s leitmotiv is the condemnation of the oppressive acts in our world, especially denouncing the misery and suffering which plagues the African continent. He incorporates in his work the language of shapes, symbolic colours and motifs and explores the societal transitions denied the people of Guinea Bissau by the tradition of Funguli – the separating of people in social classes according to the whitishness of a person’s skin.

The exhibition will open in Cape Town at the Irma Stern Museum from11 June, and in London at Sulger-Buel Lovell from 13 June.

The exhibition has been curated as a whole to be presented on two continents simultaneously. Some works will be shown in Cape Town and others in London. They will all come together in the catalogue.

Cape Town details:
11 June – 18 June 2016
Irma Stern Museum
Address: UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cecil Rd, Rosebank, Cape Town, 7700.
Opening hours Mon – Fri 10h00-17h00, Sat 10h00-14h00 Closed Public Holidays

View the gallery website for further details: www.sulger-buel-lovell.com

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