The KZNSA Gallery is one of 24 exhibitors from 9 different countries participating in the first edition of LATITUDES Art Fair in Johannesburg. In September, the gallery and three of KZN’s star artists, Sthenjwa Luthuli, Cameron Platter, and Derrick Nxumalo, will be part of this elite and afro-centric experience from 13 – 15 September 2019.
- 16 August 2019
- General, KZNSA
The KZNSA Gallery is one of 24 exhibitors from 9 different countries participating in the first edition of LATITUDES Art Fair in Johannesburg. In September, the gallery will represent three of KZN’s star artists, Sthenjwa Luthuli, Cameron Platter and Derrick Nxumalo, in this elite afro-centric experience from 13 – 15 September 2019 at Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton.
LATITUDES is a new fair for African Art that appeals to an international audience. The three artists represented by the KZNSA at LATITUDES compliment and contrast with each other. Platter, Nxumalo and Luthuli present work that evokes nostalgia and exhilaration, with colourful palettes, labour intensive techniques and detailed use of pattern.
Their work will appear alongside artists from South Africa, Uganda, Spain, Angola, Norway, USA, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Germany. The LATITUDES programme is curated to present the work of emerging artists and galleries especially from Africa and its diaspora.
Sthenjwa Luthuli, Cameron Platter and Derrick Nxumalo will showcase their work at the first edition of LATITUDES Art Fair. Photographs by Roger Jardine
Sthenjwa Luthuli, 28, is no stranger to exhibiting in prestigious venues. Since 2011 he has participated in several group exhibitions in KwaZulu-Natal, Johannesburg, and Bremen, Germany where he painted a mural in the Concordia Tunnel. His work appears in both private and corporate collections, such as the Leiterin der Stadtischen Galerie in Bremen.
In 2017 Luthuli placed as runner-up in the Sasol New Signatures competition for his meticulously hand-carved wood block, Umbango (Conflict). In the same year he was selected to take part in a 3-month residency in Germany, and also had work acquired by the National Art Bank. He was recently part of the group exhibition Ikhono LaseNatali: a body of work commissioned by internationally acclaimed visual activist, Professor Sir Zanele Muholi.
The Botha’s Hill-born artist is inspired by Edward Hopper, Gerald Sekoto, Ephraim Ngatane, Osuwa Nkomo and Yinka Shonibare.
Derrick Nxumalo is a self-taught artist with an exploratory approach to his technique and subject matter. He creates obsessively detailed, graphic representations of land/cityscapes that portray his ideals. Nxumalo works in ballpoint and acrylic paint on cotton needlepoint paper. He says that each piece has its own pattern, in which details of vegetation and architecture are deployed with an understanding of perspective and colour in their purest forms.
Nxumalo was born in Dumisa, near Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal in 1962. A former gardener, miner, and waiter, he added politics to his resume in 2003, when he was elected as a councilor for the district of Dududu in KwaZulu-Natal.
Nxumalo has participated in exhibitions in South Africa and abroad - the most recent being Our Africa Dreams, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, 2017.
His work is held in numerous collections including Anglo Vaal Corporation, South African Breweries, The Durban Art Gallery, University of KwaZulu-Natal, and the University of Witwatersrand.
Cameron Platter’s work filters – through his own idiosyncrasy – the enormous amount of information available today. Blurring the distinction between high and low, his eclectic and multi-disciplinary approach to art-making, typically draws from a range of quotidian, unorthodox, disparate, and often over-looked sources
Platter’s work has been exhibited at MoMA (NY), SFMoMA, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Le Biennale de Dakar (Senegal), and the South African National Gallery. He represented South Africa at the 55th Venice Biennale. His work is a permanent collection of MoMA, New York.
Recent gallery solo shows include Blank Projects (Cape Town), Gynp Gallery (Berlin), Galerie Hussenot (Paris), 1301PE (Los Angeles), and the KZNSA Gallery in Durban.
Platter’s press features include The Los Angeles Times, Artforum, The New York Times, NYAQ, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Vice Magazine, and the NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art.
Day pass – R120, online, R150 at the door
Weekend pass: R250 online, R300 at the door
Children 12 and under enter free