For its 2017 annual winter sculpture exhibition, NIROX inaugurates its program for ongoing collaboration with public institutions to produce and exhibit sculpture, installation and live performance in the NIROX Sculpture Park.
12 dynamic curators appointed by 6 South African universities appropriate the park, to express their own insights through the work of 50 alumni artists who experienced their adulthood after the fall of apartheid – with all its promises, hopes and challenges.
Historically the vanguard of change, universities and their relations with society could not be more relevant or center stage than they are today.
The exhibition brings the universities into conversation with the public and encourages discourse amongst themselves and their students through public walkabouts, workshops and talks before and during the exhibition.
Seldom do curators and artists have the opportunity to come together to express their concerns on this scale, with this latitude.
Universities & curators
The participating universities, their selected curators and exhibition titles are:
UP: Johan Thom & Shenaz Mahomed
The Free Noise Station at Nirox’
TUT: Carol Kuhn & Philiswa Lila
‘Classes and Methods: objects to perform’
UCT: Dr Siona O’Connel & Jade Nair
‘FREE-DOM : Ways of Life in the Wake of Catastrophe’
Unisa: Gwenneth Miller, Maaike Bakker & Nombeko Mpako
‘Against the Surge’
UJ: Gordon Froud & Thabang Monoa
‘Materiality, liminality, impermanence, dissolution and the environment’
Wits: Dr Same Mdluli
‘INYALA Station: #Operation Occupy Nirox’
University of Pretoria (7)
La Rochelle Olwagen
Leandre le Roux
Josly Van Wyk
Guest artist – The Cool Couple (Italy)
Kutala Chopeto (Helena Uambembe & Teresa Firmino)
Manu Manjesh Lal
Nel du Preez
Guest artist – Katharien de Villiers (Stellenbosch)
Nompumelelo Vuyiswa Tshabalala
Hasan & Husain Essop
Title and Transgression Collective (Boitumelo Motaung, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Dineo Phofa and Malebona Maphutse)
Many of the participating artists have been awarded production funding from corporate and private sponsors, through the NIROX Patronage Program, with
special thanks to PPC, BACARDI, Caleo Capital, Burger Radiologists and private patrons.
The exhibition includes 5 plein air live performance works, mentored and developed in conversation with Nelisiwe Xaba.
Powered with the help of Grotech, visitors will be able to download the NIROX App to provide live mapping of their location in the park, the exhibition catalogue and related information.
The exhibition opens for preview, by invitation only, on 7 May; and to the general public, under the auspices of the annual Winter Sculpture Fair, on 13 & 14 May 2017. It will remain open to the public on weekends and public holidays from 10am till 5pm until the end of July 2017. Admission is free except for the Winter Sculpture Fair,and
when the park hosts public concerts, which will be announced in local media and on the NIROX website.