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CURRENT ENO GALLERY EXHIBITION:
'Under the Burning Sun'
b. 1957 South Africa
Eno Gallery is hosting renowned South African Artist Kenneth Nkosi for a premier US solo exhibition.
Public Reception Friday September 30 from 6 to 9:00 pm
Invitational reception and artist talk Wednesday September 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Exhibition dates: September 30 - November 6, 2016
This is the premier solo exhibition of renowned South African artist Kenny Nkosi in the United States.
Kenneth 'Kenny' Nkosi was born 1957 in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. Nkosi lived under South African apartheid from birth until he was 37 years old in 1994 when Apartheid was overcome. Presently living in Jabulani Soweto, Nkosi has two daughters and five grand children.
Nkosi works with fabric to create extraordinary textile collages on canvas depicting life in South Africa.
"The journey of my life raises the metaphor of fatherhood. In the beginning there was darkness in the female womb. Growing under that circumstances not knowing that one day there will be lightness and able to see the rainbow nation universally.
That was the beginning of My Ghetto Life. Raised by the single mother under the stars and diamond sky.
Whatever she does, to make a living I was at her back, under difficult circumstances and harsh laws imposed on them. I'm talking about ma (my mother). During my birth, I was welcome by warm hands by the family. According to my culture, a Cleansing Ceremony takes place to the female who gave birth. Inviting friends and neighbors to celebrate by slaughtering the goat and celebrate with the ancestors.
The harsh laws of apartheid with Divide and Rule system never distract Ma to raise her children. With her Shared Thoughts and love, she made sure that I get an education to understand the past and the future and have wisdom.
Survival is the must to make artistic living Under the Burning Sun."
Kenneth Nkosi - 2016
Note:underlined words refer to the titles of paintings in the exhibition.
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of all at the South African small business development department, whose generous assistance helped make this exhibition possible.
Eno Gallery Artists exhibiting in the main gallery
Molly Cliff Hilts
Nancy Tuttle May
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