Japanese artist Yoko Ono who is regarded as a pioneer in performance art, and a celebrated experimental artist – John Lennon's widow – is exhibiting her work alongside provocative sculptor Nandipha Mntambo and legendary traditional artist Dr. Esther Mahlangu at the 2018 Nirox Winter Exhibition, running from May 12 until end July in the Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg.
This year the sculpture park’s work is an exhibition of enthralling efforts by leading women artists. The exhibition will showcase the works of over 20 local and international women artists in all.
The joint-exhibition, titled Not A Single Story, inspired by a TED Talk by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie brings together the most highly recognised artists from the West and Africa onto one platform. In the talk, Adichie spoke of how lives and cultures are composed of many overlapping stories and that if we hear only a single story about another person or country‚ we risk a critical misunderstanding.
The Nirox Foundation says Dr Mahlangu is "one of the elders of contemporary art"‚ and says that the famed Ndebele artist created a spectacular mural for the Nirox 2018 Winter Sculpture Fair. More so than ever, Dr Mahlangu has made a valuable impact in the world of art. Last year she was honoured in New York City when it was announced that a Ndebele-inspired pattern, synonymous with her work worldwide, would span a two-lane road in Lower Manhattan.
The exhibition will also include educational exchanges‚ a performance programme‚ talks‚ tours‚ and workshops.