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Our alumni picked for TOMORROWS/TODAY at ICTAF 2019

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Returning to the seventh annual Investec Cape Town Art Fair, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 15 to 17 February 2019, is TOMORROWS/TODAY. This curated exhibition presents a cross-section of the most-anticipated emerging artists from Africa and around the world.

TOMORROWS/TODAY participants are chosen by the fair’s curator Tumelo Mosaka. According to Mosaka the aim of TOMORROWS/TODAY is to shine a light on under-represented artists, who are tipped to become tomorrow’s leading names.

The ongoing theme is one of transformation and experimentation, showcasing unorthodox art forms that address current social and political issues.

PPC Imaginarium
Chris Soal

Amongst the selected artists for 2019 are Zyma Amien and Chris Soal, two PPC LTd awards alumni.

Zyma Amien

Expressed through printmaking, drawing, installation and digital video, Zyma Amien explores socio-political issues of the garment and textile industries, which, until recently, have been central to the industrial landscape of the city of Cape Town. She is informed by her heritage as both her mother and grandmother worked in this industry for several decades. Amien completed her Masters (Cum Laude) at UCT after graduating from UNISA with BFA. She exhibited on the Sasol New Signatures and won a PPC RE-imagine Concrete prize. Her work is included in the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) collection. She is a lecturer for UNISA as well as at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at UCT.

Chris Soal

Chris Soal graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art (Honours) from Wits in 2017, going on to win the Sculpture Category and become the Overall Winner of the PPC Imaginarium Awards in 2018. Through his work, Soal grapples with the materiality of disposable objects that are available en masse and utilised daily by millions of people globally. His claim is that objects like toothpicks and bottle tops are so common that they have become invisible to us. Through his work, Soal consciously foregrounds these marginal materials, producing physical sensation. In addition to rapidly establishing himself as an important emerging artist, having taken part in multiple exhibitions and fairs over the past year, Chris has worked at Kentridge's Centre for the Less Good Idea, as well as writing for the online publication, Bubblegum Club.

For more information on the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, visit www.investeccapetownartfair.co.za.

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