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3 exciting emerging artists to look out for at the Cape Town Art Fair

The art scene is not short of rising stars, says Tumelo Mosaka, curator of the Tomorrows/Today feature at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair

10 February 2019 - 00:00 By Julia Freemantle
'Kids see ghosts sometimes', Toothpicks in Polyurethane on industrial fabric by Chris Soal, 2018.
'Kids see ghosts sometimes', Toothpicks in Polyurethane on industrial fabric by Chris Soal, 2018.
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Established as a platform for a variety of exciting emerging artists from around Africa and the world, the Tomorrows/Today feature at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair is a cross-section of artists chosen by curator Tumelo Mosaka.

Selected for their thought-provoking work, these artists are believed to be tomorrow's stars and the aim is to showcase their talent.

"As the title implies, the ongoing theme is one of transformation and experimentation, showing unorthodox art forms that address social and political issues. The art scene is not short of rising stars," says Mosaka. "The point is how to provide visibility."

Here are a few of the talents taking part this year:

CHRIS SOAL

Guns and Rain, Johannesburg

A previous winner of the PPC Imaginarium award, Soal's practice is concerned with the materiality of everyday objects that are available en masse and used by millions of people globally, and so by nature are disposable - objects manufactured to become debris.

His work began with an exploration of the form of a discarded beer-bottle top, which led to a conceptual investigation around the histories embedded within these objects, with a specific focus on their location within the city of Joburg and its socio-political, economic and geographic implications. While Soal did not initially set out to use such materials, he now consciously focuses on this materiality. 

MEDINA DUGGER

Art Twenty One, Nigeria

Dugger is an art photographer originally from California, and based in Lagos since 2011. Having studied at Spe′os Photographic Institute in Paris, she entered the industry as a coordinator and co-curator for the African Artists' Foundation and LagosPhoto Festival.

Medina Dugger.
Medina Dugger.
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'Flowers and Leaves' by Medina Dugger, 2018.
'Flowers and Leaves' by Medina Dugger, 2018.
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Dugger has now turned her attention to photography. Through the use of layered images and a collage technique, she aims to bypass the singular storylines common to Nigeria and Africa. Instead her works - immediately arresting for their dynamism and colour - focus on complex themes, both contemporary and timeless, such as ethnocentrism, cultural homogenisation, globalisation, identity, tradition, modernity, imagination, the female form and style.

TROY MAKAZA

First Floor Gallery, Zimbabwe

Having graduated from National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2014 in painting and sculpture, Makaza set about developing his own unique medium which could merge his love of colour and the physical act of object making.

Troy Makaza.
Troy Makaza.
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'The Opaque Looking Glass', Part 2, Silicone infused with paint 215cm x 163cm by Troy Makaza, 2018.
'The Opaque Looking Glass', Part 2, Silicone infused with paint 215cm x 163cm by Troy Makaza, 2018.
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The outcome is a method that involves blending traditional art materials like inks and paint with contemporary industrial silicone (which can be moulded, woven and painted with) to produce diverse, vibrant forms. These dramatic scenes represent a society in flux.

The 'Investec Cape Town International Art Fair' takes place at Cape Town International Convention Centre on February 15-17.  Visit investeccapetownartfair.com.


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