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Exhibition by Usha Seejarim

I am because you are: A search for Ubuntu with permission to dream

Curator:    Usha Seejarim
Venue:      Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
Dates:       2 February – 31 March 2018

The Standard Bank Gallery joins hands with renowned artist and curator, Usha Seejarim to present an inspiring exhibition of art works lifted from the bank’s corporate art collection.

A thought provoking and boldly curated exhibition , I am because you are:  A search for Ubuntu with permission to dream, comprises various works of art by leading contemporary and modern South African artists.


Diane Victor – Blind Faith, 2013, Charcoal and ash, 152 x 128cm
These include historic drawings by Dumile Feni, the striking work of Diane Victor, and a number of iconic works by William Kentridge; There are also the poignant pictures of the late great, Thami Mnyele, young creatives like Hasan and Husain Essop, along with the works of Alan Crump, and other great artists.The work on exhibit is presented against the backdrop of South Africa’s current socio-political context which includes the twenty-four years of democracy as a nation, and what would have been Nelson Mandela’s centenary –  hence the inclusion of Johannes Segogela’s Mandela’s Birthday Party. The palpable greed in our political arena, for instance is illustrated in images such as The Minister of Enterprise by Chiurai Kudzanai.

Kudzanai Chiurai – 2009, Ultrachrome ink on photo fibre paper, 150 x 100cm 

The exhibition: I am because you are: A search for Ubuntu with permission to dream aims to encourage its viewers to contemplate the African values of Ubuntu in the context of South Africa’s contemporary conditions.

I am because you are: A search for Ubuntu with permission to dreamis a visual mission to find Ubuntu, a pursuit of ideals perhaps forgotten in mindsets of frustration, anger and even embarrassment.  The exhibition thus draws from the word ‘Ubuntu’ as an African philosophy and human quality that as noted by curator Usha Seejarim “is not specific to South Africa, but common to many African countries.”


Walter Oltmann  – Mother and child, 2007, Weaving aluminium wire, 195 x 445cm    

The Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection is one of the most comprehensive repositories of South African art in the world comprising over 1200 works by over 250 South African artists. This exhibition is part of the bank’s continued partnership with leading South African curators to present shows at the Standard Bank Gallery.

The Standard Bank Gallery – located on the corner of Simmonds and Frederick streets in central Johannesburg – offers free, safe undercover parking on the corner of Harrison and Frederick streets. Gallery hours: Mondays to Fridays from 8:00am to 4:30pm, and Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm.Entrance to the exhibition is free.

The Standard Bank Gallery will be open on First Thursdayevenings during the exhibition. For further info please contact 011 631 4467

Online links:

www.standardbank.com/ubuntu
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