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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.
Mezzanine Gallery: Danny Shorkend - The Enigma of Aleph-Beit, Alpha-Bet
Thought and speech define one’s world. It is through the vibrations created within the many possible combinations, permutations and configurations (that constitute words) that worlds are created, sustained and even destroyed. Each of the 22 paintings in Shorkend’s series is a personal meditation, considering the significance of form, name and numerical value of its letter. Such is the teaching of the kabbalah that explains the mystical import of each letter/form/sound vibration or name.
Long Gallery: Deborah Lazarus - The Layered Garden
Deborah Lazarus’ work in oils, mixed media, pastels, encaustic and photography feeds into her recent digital images which are imbued with a painterly quality evocative of her theme: The Layered Garden. She has drawn on time spent with her young daughter in the forests, the garden and by the sea shores - looking, touching, smelling, sensing, feeling - and trying to imagine how her daughter experiences the wonders of nature.
Main Gallery: A performance will take place on the evening of Thursday the 5th of April
Ubulungiswa/Justice is a collaboration between twenty-two artists from different disciplines. This collaborative artwork was created in 2015 in response to the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue at the University of Cape Town, the #RhodesMustFall and Open Stellenbosch Movements, combined with the re-eruption of xenophobic attacks and the proliferation of racially fueled discourse in South Africa.
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