Prints, Drawings & Sculpture from southern Africa and Nigeria
21st March - 25th July 1997
The exhibition focused on printmaking in Africa since 1960. This is a medium which allows the artist to work with the formal qualities that characterise much of the visual arts of sub-Saharan Africa. Much of the inspiration for this graphic work comes from African sculpture, the sculpture in this exhibition emphasizes this connection.
The exhibition included prints by three Nigerian artists: Bruce Onobrakpeya, Tayo Quaye, and Uzo Enogu. Segun Faleye is a sculptor and Nike Olaniyi-Davies is a textile designer.
Rorke's Drift, established in 1962, was one of the few projects to provide art making facilities for black South Africans. Artists shown from Rorke's Drift include John Muafangejo, Azaria Mbatha and Dan Rakgoathe. The exhibition also included the work of Marlene Dumas, Pippa Skotnes and Debbie Bell, and the sculpture and prints of Jackson Hlungwani. Other work included books made from drawings and prints of the Kuru project in Botswana and ceramic sculpture by Reinata Sadhimba and Noria Mbasa.
This exhibition was sponsored by Ing Barings