SHENAZ MAHOMED

While hand cut paper is not a commonly used medium in art, it has become a signature of Shenaz Mohamed's multi media artworks. Her intricately hand cut designs on paper, echo those found in Islamic architecture, decorative items and manuscripts. The artwork of this young artist deals with her own experiences of being a Muslim... Continue Reading →

AVITHA SOOFUL

Avitha Sooful is an artist, activist and an academic who has worked in the professional environment of the visual arts in South Africa for most of her career. She studied art during the tumultuous years when the University of Durban-Westville (UDW) was a place of student uprisings, political turmoil and brutal police repression. Her committment to the anti-apartheid... Continue Reading →

Ranjith Kally

Photographs are such a huge part of our lives now days that we take them for granted -we capture images of our food, our pet's antics and other memories every single day. In the 1940's and 50's cameras were a rarity especially for Indian families and important milestones were usually captured in a studio. A... Continue Reading →

AMITA MAKAN

Amita Makan is an artist who wields a needle as skillfully as she uses a paintbrush. This  is evident in the embroidered portrait, Loose Ends: A Story about my Mother, featured above.  Makan has exhibited her beautifully detailed work in several solo and group exhibitions in South Africa and internationally. Her art can be found in many... Continue Reading →

RESHMA CHHIBA

Reshma Chhiba is a visual artist and an accomplished Bharata Natyam dancer who finds creative expression in both artforms. Visitors entering the FNB Slow Lounge at King Shaka Airport in Durban may recognise Chhiba's photographic work Kali Tandava hung in the entrance. She is also the Creative Director of the Sarvavidya Natyaalaya, an organisation that teaches... Continue Reading →

ANDREW NAIR

Andrew Nair is an artist whose ability to create incredibly detailed photo-realistic images using a humble pencil is remarkable, as is evident in the featured drawing above titled Home Alone.  Nair has exhibited his work in many exhibitions and his drawings are part of several collections, including that of the Tatham Gallery and Durban Art... Continue Reading →

USHA SEEJARIM

Usha Seejarim is probably best known as the artist who created the 2 m high, beaded portrait of Nelson Mandela which formed the backdrop to his state funeral in 2013. One of the most visible South African Indian artists, she creates multimedia works and is responsible for curating exhibitions, holding workshops and creating large scale public... Continue Reading →

Faiza Galdhari

Faiza Galdhari is a printmaker whose works examine the traditional roles and identities of women. Although she is no longer a practising artist, her thought-provoking works are a part of our art heritage as evidenced by the fact that she is the only Indian woman artist included in the visual arts syllabus in South African... Continue Reading →

Kiren Thathiah

Kiren Thathiah is an artist whose work reflects the complex nature of identity and culture for Indian South Africans especially those who grew up during apartheid. He has participated in many exhibitions both locally and internationally. Two of his art works (discussed below) are held at the Durban Art Gallery while the painting Who Calls is... Continue Reading →

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