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The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) is a non-profit, membership-based arts organisation whose primary aim is the advancement and promotion of South African contemporary art and artists.
In 2004 the AVA received its certified NPO status from the Department of Social Development. The AVA Gallery is based in the heart of Cape Town, having occupied its current premises at 35 Church Street since 1971.It is the oldest non-profit art gallery in Cape Town.
Here contemporary visual art production is promoted through regular exhibitions showcasing all media – from painting through to ceramics, photography, installations and performance – by established and emerging artists. In its choice of artists, the selection committee endeavours to promote the discursive and experimental nature of contemporary art. In doing this the AVA seeks to make important contributions to the ‘open texture’ of South Africa’s art community.
Join the AVA for the opening this coming First Thursday, 04 July, at 6pm in the Main Gallery at AVA Gallery. This exhibition is hosted in collaboration with Worldart.
Operating within the framework of ‘urban contemporary’, Liversage has incorporated aspects of street art into her practice – considerable scale, a predilection for working outside and, most significantly, the custom of tagging.
For Liversage, tagging has allowed for the development of the alter ego – ORDA, her own unruly twin, the status quo challenger. In Liversage’s current practice there is a constant interplay between her oneself, let’s call her Kilmany-Jo, and her other self, ORDA.
Multiplicity is another effect of the interplay between Kilmany-Jo and ORDA in Liversage’s practice. Her oeuvre seems made up primarily by an army of female cyborg soldiers, acid-coloured femmes-fatale or the workforce (sex work not shied-away-from) turned army in the Second Machine Age.
By summoning the army within, Liversage takes up the mantle for all women and all children.
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