Still Life and Life Drawings: A Moment Captured or Preserved?


Iziko Museums of South Africa will host a group exhibition titled STILL LIFE and LIFE DRAWINGS, A Moment Captured or Preserved? The exhibition opens on 23 November and runs until 7 December 2018. The show is on view to the public on Mondays to Fridays from 09:00 until 16:30, at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe. The Annexe, adjacent to the Iziko South African National Gallery, is a showcasing space of learning and creative exploration.

The exhibition, curated by Lonwabo Kilani, is the visual manifestation of a 4-day workshop that runs before the opening.  Five artists working within the contemporary South African art scene, will collaborate and create the artworks on display. Lonwabo Kilani states, “the workshop will focus on the idea of movement and stillness, of life and death, the traditional idea of ‘life drawing’ that presupposes an image generated from life or something living. It will also reflect on ‘still lives’, which is making work generated from a single or a group of objects gathered.”

Using their artistic background and skills to create a body of work that coalesces into an exposition on stillness and movement, the artists included are:

  • Dathini Mzayiya (painting / drawing)
  • Tazneem Wentzel (mixed media /archival) 
  • Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi (Mixed media / painting)
  • Thabo Pitso (mixed media)
  • SaySay.Love (digital photography / mixed media)

Discussing the criteria for selection of the participants, Kilani reiterates that each of these artists has significantly affected the art world as they bring unique qualities into a collaborative process. “It is also that they have sought excellence in what they have created and because they have created works that broaden our understanding of the personal and collective journey within the human condition, and these are essential qualities for understanding and relating to still life, life and movement and the intricacy of this duality.”

In support of art education and the meaningful work museum educators conduct, the artists and curators of STILL LIFE and LIFE DRAWINGS, A Moment Captured or Preserved? will donate textbooks to further enrich the lessons being taught by museum educators at Iziko Museums. 

Still Life and Life Drawings: A Moment Captured or Preserved?will be on show on Mondays to Fridays from 09:00 until 16:30, at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe, St Johns Road, Cape Town.


Issued by: Melody Kleinsmith
Marketing and Communications Manager: Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 481 3874 Cellphone: 0731074955                 
On behalf of: Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa


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