“HE DOESN’T SEE THINGS WITH HIS HUMAN EYE …”
By: Sthabiso Mdledle
The eThekwini Municipality held a reflective exhibition of the work done by one of South Africa’s veteran artists at the Durban Art Gallery, at the City Hall yesterday.
Ben Nhlanhla Nsusha is a 68-year-old man with a 40-year-career experience in art.
According to the Programme Director Prof Pikita Ntuli, Nsusha is renowned for his incredible attention to detail and for being a resourceful artist.
“He has a very narrow imagination of things. He doesn’t see things with his human eye, but rather uses his skills and techniques to show the world how he looks at things. He, like many
other artists in SA, is unique,” said Ntuli.
The exhibition was attended by speakers from the Department of Education on the art education problems and possible solutions, as well as provincial Department of Art and
According to Musa Sibisi from the Department of Art and Culture, they have programs to assist growing artists.
“Programs include the Tourism Indaba held yearly at the Durban ICC, where artist can showcase their work to tourist as well as international artists,” he said.
He added that in order for artists to get funding from the department, they need to come together and form Non-Profit Organisations which will help other growing artists.
However, the Department of Education raised concerns about the teaching and learning of art in schools.
Mluleki Nala, Visual Arts Subject Advisor at Adams College, said that teachers have a challenge when it comes to teaching art, because they are not well trained for it.
He added that the department is brewing solutions to the challenges.
Besides the challenges of basic education, the exhibition was an excellent example of good work.
“I cannot believe that today is really about me, I am on the moon to even hear what each individual had to say about me and my work, they are not lying I have come a long way from
the dusty roads of rural uMzumbe, It shows that anyone can succeed,” added Nsusha.
The actual opening of the exhibition will be on Thursday 26 November 2015.