Pitika Ntuli - Azibuyele Emasisweni (Return to the Source)

Jun 25 - Aug 2 2020    
Azibuyele Emasisweni, (Return to the Source) renowned artist and Sangoma (spiritual healer) Pitika Ntuli's first exhibition comprising solely of works sculpted from bone which he has been working on over the last three years. Pitika uses bones to ‘divine the state of the nation in a season of anomie’. The exhibition was originally enivsaged as a museum show of 45 sculptures that would premiere at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. and now in light of the global crisis has been reconceptualised in order to be enjoyed online as part of the Virtual National Arts Festival. 

To create a virtual exhibition that would present viewers a more rounded experience that simply looking at images on a screen, Pitika wrote and recorded 45 praise songs, one for each sculpture, presented as "audio notes" that accompany the images.

He also gathered a circle of 33 thought and creative leaders including Naledi Pandor, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers,Gcina Mhlope, Sibongile Khumalo, Simphiwe Dana, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Nduduzo Makhathini to engage around the topics of African spirituality, indigenous knowledge systems and healing that the exhibition embodies. These engagements resulted in a moving and valuable collection of poetry, songs, thought notes, essays, films and a talks programme which is now available on the National Arts Festival website and on The Melrose Gallery website.

Also running in tandem with the online exhibition is a live talks discussion series with the artist in conversation online with the likes of Albie Sachs, Ela Gandhi, Pitika Ntuli, Juwon Ogungbe and Zolani Mahola. Join in the talks programme on The Melrose Gallery website.
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