TWENTY artists will showcase artworks that touch on a variety of issues and experiences brought about by the coronavirus pandemic at the National Art Gallery soon.
The series of lockdown diaries by various artists will exhibit under the banner Umsindo.
Gallery curator Clifford Zulu said while they will accept submissions based on all sorts of ideas, “the gallery we will be committed to exhibiting work that contributes to the on-going lockdown dialogue and artworks that push artistic practice in new and interesting directions, styles and techniques not represented in private or commercial spaces or otherwise difficult to show elsewhere.”
Zulu said Umsindo is the unveiling of enthralling works of art that were created under difficult circumstances, whose narrative is mutual and aesthetic to all the audiences far and wide.
“In this context, Umsindo is referring to the sound of the virus, invisible yet so scary to an extent that civilisation had to stop, reflect and restart.
“Umsindo is bringing positive vibes and glee to a nation moving forward against the odds. During the national lockdown, art in our homes became the source of amusement and inspiration,” he said.
He further noted that Umsindo is instigating fresh conversations to the changing ways art and exhibitions are presented now and into the future.
“Artists from every part of the world are invited to submit artworks that are echoing personal and societal lockdown experiences — broken hearts, medical breakthroughs.
“Art never disappoints, art reflects the times, art records the moments good and bad so that in the future we can look back and reminisce,” he said.
Only 20 lucky artists will have their work showcased. The deadline for submitting the artworks has been pegged at June 15.