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Umuzi is a community that supports high-potential young people to access high-value careers. In addition to a one year paid learnership, the community supports its alumni with various platforms and opportunities.
UMUZI REPRESENTS is a creative management agency that represents some of Umuzi’s top talent in the commercial art industry. The September First Thursdays exhibition in Rosebank, Johannesburg will be UMUZI REPRESENTS’ first official showcase of one of their leading talents.
Umuzi invites the local industry players and art enthusiasts alike to come support local artists and experience Kgomotso’s unique perspective. Our community will gather in support on Thursday 6
September at Rosebank First Thursdays for a night of accessible art.
Drawing inspiration from his upbringing, Photographer Kgomotso Neto Tleane is back with a third solo exhibition in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
The work on show earned him an invitation to the 2018 New York Portfolio Review in April. It hosted photographers from around the world who had their work reviewed by a panel made up of the industry’s powerhouse publications, editors and experts.
Neto’s work presents a perspective many of us privileged South Africans are often not aware of. It makes us aware of our willed ignorance on the experiences lived by the majority, which we may recognise on a surface level, but don’t fully engage with or seek to understand. Be it the taxi driver, the recycling skaters or the construction worker, we have our preexisting beliefs that block any true representation. Very often, mainstream media contributes to these stereotypes by focussing on narratives which when remain unchallenged, create the negative associations which persist in our minds.
Neto’s work challenges these stereotypes on two levels. His style is classic and strong, an aesthetic that the west is familiar with. By linking this aesthetic with an unfamiliar subject, Neto invites us to reconsider our views. Secondly, he frames his subjects in powerful and uplifting compositions, giving us an opportunity to challenge our relationships with others.
This positioning also confronts some of his subjects to reconsider their self-image and the spaces they inhabit. Neto’s passion for storytelling therefore changes people and spaces by presenting them in a new light.
Join "Umuzi REPRESENTS" on First Thursdays in Rosebank at 2 Bolton Road, Parkwood, Randburg
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Date: 6 September 2018
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