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Michaelis Galleries host a wide range of temporary exhibitions and collaborations with alumni and local and international visual arts organisations bring noteworthy art shows to these venues.
The galleries are a unique opportunity for staff and students of the university to exhibit their artworks or curated exhibitions in a non-commercial, experimental space. The galleries also form an invaluable teaching resource, allowing students to learn and hone curatorial and exhibition design and management skills.
This small exhibition is a speculative inquiry that consider the contributions of living black women artists and the potential their practices and work stand to contribute to studies on abstraction. While no way exhaustive, this inquiry also complicates the materiality by stretching abstractions modernist connection beyond ‘traditional’ concepts around painting and sculpture.
While the works in this iteration may for the most part still be read as painterly, this is deliberating in order to expand the reach of the question and incorporate practice that a narrow framing might otherwise invalidate. A follow up enquiry will take up the question of sculptural abstraction.
Faatimah Mohamend- Luke
Nkuli Mlangeni & The Ninevites