As the leading contemporary art gallery in Kwa-Zulu Natal, we are excited to announce our participation in the first edition of the LATITUDES Art Fair in Johannesburg. Our presentation will include the works of three KZN artists, Sthenjwa Luthuli, Cameron Platter, and Derrick Nxumalo. The works will appear alongside artists from South Africa, Uganda, Spain, Angola, Norway, USA, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Germany. The LATITUDES program is curated to present the work of emerging artists predominantly from Africa and its diaspora with ‘the aim to create a richer global understanding of African cultural production.’
With the aim of the fair in mind we present three artists in different stages of their careers, all working with distinctive mediums, an articulated use of color and an intensity that speaks to the vibrancy of the city in which they live – Durban. That intensity is carried through in the laborious art-making process each artist is compelled to use, whether it be relentless pencil marks, wood carving with utter precision or the painstaking use of ballpoint mark making. Sthenjwa Luthuli (b. 1991, Botha’s Hill, Kwa-Zulu Natal) joined the BAT Centre in 2010. Following on from this he was selected to be a part of the Velobala Mentorship Program and was mentored by fellow KZN artist, Themba Shibase. Since 2011 he has participated in several group exhibitions in KwaZulu-Natal, Johannesburg, and Bremen, Germany, where he painted a mural in the Concordia Tunnel. Luthuli reflects on spiritual and ancestral identity portraying figures that dance, fly and wrestle in the space.
In 2017 Luthuli has placed runner-up in the Sasol New Signatures competition. He was also selected to take part in a 3-month residency in Germany and had work acquired by the National Art Bank. In early 2019 he was part of a group exhibition at KZNSA, Ikhono LaseNatali: a body of work commissioned by internationally acclaimed visual activist, Professor Sir Zanele Muholi.
Derrick Nxumalo (b. 1962, Dumisa, Kwa-Zulu Natal) is a self-taught artist with an exploratory approach to his technique and subject matter. He creates obsessively detailed, graphic representations of land/cityscapes. Nxumalo says that each artwork has its pattern, in which details of vegetation and architecture are deployed with an understanding of perspective and color.
A former gardener, miner, and waiter, he added politics to his resume in 2003, when he was elected as a councilor for the district of Dududu in KwaZulu-Natal.
Nxumalo’s work is held in numerous collections including Anglo Vaal Corporation, South African Breweries, The Durban Art Gallery, University of KwaZulu-Natal, and the University of Witwatersrand.
He has participated in exhibitions in South Africa and abroad – the most recent being Our Africa Dreams, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, 2017.
Cameron Platter (b. 1978, Johannesburg, Gauteng) completed his BFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, in 2001. His work filters – through his idiosyncrasy – the enormous amount of information available today. Blurring the distinction between high and low, his eclectic and multi-disciplinary approach to art-making, typically draws from a range of quotidian, unorthodox, disparate, and often overlooked sources.
Platter’s work has been exhibited at MoMA (NY), SFMoMA, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Le Biennale de Dakar (Senegal), and the South African National Gallery. He represented South Africa at the 55th Venice Biennale. His work is in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York.
His most recent solo exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery, GALAXY AS0-730223NMJ-ZSDSSS, took place in 2018.
KZNSA artist, Sthenjwa Luthuli has been selected as one of five artists at the fair to participate in a special program, Latitudes Limited, which includes his work being used to promote the fair on all social media platforms, street banners, an Aston Martin car-wrap and a limited edition of prints for VIP packages.
Day pass – R120, online, R150 at the door
Weekend pass: R250 online, R300 at the door
Children 12 and under enter free