Absa Gallery is proud to host the tête-à-tête group exhibition by current and former artists of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, which debuted on 10 February and will run until 8 March as a candid reflection of the relationship between artists and their craft.
As Romanian-French playwright Eugène Ionesco famously said, “A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind” – and tête-à-tête promises to be an escapade like no other as the Bag Factory’s talented artists take visitors through the twists and turns of the creative process.
“Tête-à-tête positions the exhibition as the culmination of a series of intimate conversations, or back-and-forth exchanges that take place during the process of thinking about, making and showing art,” says Director of the Bag Factory and exhibition curator, Candice Allison. “This means from the initial internal dialogues that take place between the artist and their materials, canvas, concept and ultimately the self, to the discussions artists have with each other, visitors and curators as works grow from intangible ideas into physical artwork.”
The exhibition’s featured artists include Asuka Nirasawa, Bev Butkow, Danny Myburgh, Diana Hyslop, Gail Behrmann, Kagiso Patrick Mautloa, Lwando Dlamini, Malebona Maphutse, Olivia Botha, Phemo Matlhabe, Phumulani Ntuli, Richard Ndimande, Simphiwe Buthelezi, Thonton Kabeya, Usha Seejarim and Zen Marie.
Hosting an exhibition of this calibre speaks to Absa’s commitment to supporting, building and harnessing the talent of South African artists. “Absa’s overarching goal is to bring purpose to life by being brave, passionate and ready – and we undoubtedly feel this way about being able to help the country’s gifted artists showcase the fruits of their labour and bring their own purpose to life,” says Thabo Seshoka, Associate Art Curator at Absa Gallery.
Located in Absa Towers North, the open-air space around the gallery was designed with art in mind and has been able to shine a spotlight on the work of leading South African artists since it opened its doors. It is open Monday to Friday, from 08:00 to 16:00, and visitors need to bring identification for entry into exhibitions.
The gallery’s own purpose ties in seamlessly with Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, which aims to promote and stimulate visual arts across South Africa and Africa more broadly by providing a space for visual artistic creativity.
Absa and the Bag Factory have collaborated a number of times over the last few years, and Absa has supported them on a number of visual art initiatives to help nurture young artistic talent and position visual arts across the African continent.