DURBAN ART GALLERY OPENS DOORS TO YOUNG ARTISTS
By Winston Sibanda
Durban University of Technology’s flag flew high as two of its students showcased their art work at the Durban Art Gallery.
Fine Arts students Bongani Khanyile and Mhlonishwa Chiliza launched their exhibition “Observations and Aspirations” for their first time at the Durban Art Gallery.
Bongumenzi Ngobese, a DUT Fine Arts Masters, student opened the exhibition which was launched at the Durban Art Gallery yesterday. Ngobese encouraged the audience to give credit to Chiliza and Khanyile, since exhibiting at a place like the Durban Art Gallery is as a great step in the world of local art. He also urged artists to know the history of painting so as to preserve its original meaning.
According to Khanyile and Chiliza, their exhibition was inspired by their backgrounds. It highlighted the clash between classes in society, and focused mainly on the working class and how they empower themselves from oppression.
Chiliza grew up in Port Shepstone in a working-class environment. This inspired him to paint his life experiences and investigate power among classes. He said his main challenge as he worked on the project was insecurity, as he did not know how his work would be received.
The opening was well attended by DUT students, who came to support two of their own. The exhibition was warmly received by those who went, many of whom praised Chiliza and Khanyile for being an encouragement for other young artists who dream of having their work on display.
The Director of the Durban Art Gallery, Mduduzi Xakazi congratulated the exhibitors, and encouraged other artists to register their names in the municipal database so that they may get opportunities to exhibit.