10 November 2021

Students and alumni spread H.O.P.E with art exhibition

Six young artists, all current students or alumni from the Department of Fine and Studio Arts at TUT’s Faculty of Arts and Design, will host an exhibition, entitled H.O.P.E, at the SA State Theatre from 29 November to 11 December.

The exhibition is inspired by the hopelessness that can at times be seen by looking at someone’s eyes. 

The participating artists who will showcase their interpretation of hope are Thabo Modillane (Advanced Diploma student), Thulani Prince Mlangeni (former student), Vongani Maimele (Advanced Diploma student), Neo Mokone (former student), Thamsanqa Thomo (third-year student), and Aubrey Monamodi (former student).

According to the participating artists all people, irrespective of gender, social class, economic status, and race, have at some point had a desire and expectation for something to happen – hope. They say hope serves as having belief beyond circumstance, by courageously allowing yourself to be inspired and moulded by the prospect of a positive eventuality beyond the difficult present. 

The exhibition will stand as an investigation into the visual elements and motifs that can be read and perceived as sights of hope.

“It is an honour to be featured in this exhibition. I am so obliged since it is a great platform to get exposure as an emerging artist,” says Vongani. “It is also an exciting moment for every one of us since we are exhibiting as Fine Arts graduates. I strongly believe that this is only the beginning, and more are still expected from us as we are enthusiastic with our craft.” 

The main artist, Thabo Modillane, says that his fellow classmates inspired him from the outset. "I saw their potential and had to feature them. These guys used to challenge me in class during our first year (2018). We learnt a lot from each other, and that unity brought us where we are today. I believe that our work ethics will put us on the map one day,’’ he adds.

“This exhibition fascinates me, as it is my first opportunity to actually work with talented artists who have influenced me throughout the years. Working with hope inspires me since art allows us to determine what we want for our futures and is a part of the self-narrative about our lives. As we know that art is an expression of emotion and a deep-seated feeling, we hope that our work alleviates some of the viewer’s burdensome stress and improves their mood,” Aubrey concludes. 

The exhibition is curated by Tshegofatso Seoka (Ms Simone), also a TUT Fine Arts alumna and Theory lecturer.

For more information, phone Vongani Maimele on 076 363 6415, or email vonganishane@gmail.com

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