- 16 March 2021 - 11 April 2021
- Main Gallery, Media Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery, Park Gallery
We are happy to announce our winners awarded on the opening night;
First prize: Mfezeko Gumada
Second prize: Dane Knudsen
Third prize: Lungisani Ndlovu
KZNSA commendation: Sipeshile Ntsungwana
Marianne Meijer prize: Siobhan Doughty
The KZNSA would like to thank the Joan Emanuel trust and family for generously sponsoring the competition prizes and our judges for this year; Cameron Platter, Ismail Mahomed and Bulelwa Mbete.
Masked : Historically, the mask has been recognized as a novelty or rare occurrence however today, a mask has become an essential part of the bits and pieces with which we leave home. Widely acknowledged as one of the easiest and most effective ways to slow down the spread of air-borne infections (although a minority of society fears they are part of an effort to wield authority), masks have long formed part of our cultural, social and emotional landscapes. Different societies make use of the mask as either part of a religious ritual and ceremony or within rites of passage.
While some masks are seen as a type of mediation with the spirit world, others disguise the identity of penitent worshipers, and the creation of all such masks are art-forms in their own right. Masks that obscure identity are not only used by activists, criminals and witnesses in court, as well as vigilante groups, but also occur in theater, fashion and role play of various kinds.
While "mask" is both a noun and a verb, used to convey concealment, the origins of the English word are contested, and possibly derive from medieval Latin for "spectre or nightmare", or alternatively a Spanish phrase meaning "added face".Both terms hint at an interior aspect of masks that are linked to identity, psychology and to the different sides of our personalities which are brought to the fore depending on the context.