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With an increasing focus on African Art around the world, Eclectica Contemporary aims to present a carefully selected and focused collection of art from the continent that interrogates the issues facing us in a globalized world. The art at Eclectica often shows practices and materials familiar from art history but which push these boundaries and explore uncharted territories of representation, technique and theory.
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Eclectica Contemporary sees itself as an African gallery with an international vision. We celebrate the diversity and depth of art making on our continent while aiming to contextualize this for a growing global market.
Our program of exhibitions shows a mix of solo shows by gallery artists alongside curated group shows. In addition, the Eclectica Contemporary exhibition space has facilities for experimental, new media and project-based works.
The winter has arrived once more. Another summer gone and the sighs of the dams, as they feel the rain once more, echo the relief felt by us all. Twenty-five years have now come and passed since the first election of democratic South Africa in 1994 and we have once more cast our votes. Around the world and in South Africa, we become collective in expression through our shared experiences.
There is a converse danger, however, of the delusion that comes through sharing in today’s world of social media and our constant ‘online’ status. Filtered, we can present an illusory existence that sets up veiled truths and untruths. In this way, we are in danger of becoming embroiled in a collective delusion of falsehood and living up to unrealistic expectations. To counteract this, there is a need to step away, get out, walk onward. Is there a middle ground that can embrace the productivity of networked associations that allow for strangers to become lifelong friends, the opportunity to learn and challenge through visibility and expressions of difference, and the sinister flipside of disillusionment and isolation?
Through art-making and viewing, sharing and experiencing – a space for expression and exploration can exist. Ley Mboramwe’s paintings are filled with frenetic energy and sensory colours that move and excite, transporting the viewer to new contexts. Loyiso Mkize’s evocative re-presentations reimagine our contexts, our dreams and our existence as entities that can weave narratives together. The work by Mia Darling engages the potentials of playfulness and the uncanny; by riffing off what we recognise across her pastel palette, she subverts our assumptions to be sure we’re paying attention.
Theko Boshomane’s creations push our understanding of embodiment and how we might relate to each other as beings. This exhibition asks for us to take time to evaluate and take stock of what is taken for granted through delusion. However, the works also envelope us, transporting us into an alternate realm of engagement where we can collectively imagine along with the artists.
Twenty-five years on from 1994, we must continue to strive for equality, empowerment and empathy. By acknowledging the delusions that we face, collectively we can push for truth, despite the vastness and variety of our individual experiences.
Despite the negative connotations that the words ‘coloured identity’ conjure, the artists exhibiting at Eclectica have chosen to celebrate this culture with the hope of creating a positive awareness of its diversity. This exhibition hopes to contribute and reinforce positivity towards change in our coloured community.
We wish to highlight the rich contributions of coloured people, both culturally and politically. The contributions to culture have been diverse and unique across language, music, theatre, literature, the arts and food! Politically, and especially in the Western and Eastern Cape, the legacy is long and impactful with many heroes, luminaries, leaders and movements. ‘Coloureds’ have and continue to make, an enormous contribution to South Africa.
Even though the aim of this exhibition is to celebrate ‘coloured’ identity we should not forget the systematic way in which ‘coloured’ people in South Africa, especially in Cape Town and its outskirts, remain marginalized. Their shared sentiment seems to be a feeling of imprisonment in a cycle of invisibility and exclusion. A concern often expressed is, “Wat van ons?” - which talks about exclusion from opportunities, be it economic, social or political. The outcry amongst ‘coloured’ people in the townships is that they have been forgotten.
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