South African artist Wim Botha bends light at Norval Foundation, SA’s new art destination
Renowned South African contemporary artist Wim Botha is set to enthrall visitors to Norval Foundation in Tokai with “Wim Botha: Heliostat”, a brand new exhibition exploring the transformation of light, launching on 29 September 2018 and running until 22 January 2019 in Galleries 2-8. Join the artist himself on 29 September at 4 pm for a panel discussion with art critic Liese Van Der Watt, writer Ashraf Jamal, curator Owen Martin, and Wim Botha as he presents his riveting exhibition bringing together key works of his career.
The theme that unites all work in Botha’s exhibition is refraction, understood in optics as the transformation of light by splitting into visible rainbow spectrum or distortion through material such as glass or a prism. This principle is used by Botha both literally, by applying dichroic filters to glass surfaces throughout the exhibition, and metaphorically, for the transformation and manipulation of canonical artworks and symbols of Afrikaans identity.
Botha transforms familiar symbols and icons, suggestive of the artist’s ambivalence towards European and Afrikaans culture, in which he is at once deeply invested, but of which he is also critical in terms of South Africa’s colonial and Apartheid histories.
Join Norval Foundation in celebrating the opening of the exhibition with a talk with the artist at 4 PM on Saturday, 29 September followed by a reception. The event is appropriate for all ages and no formal art education is required.
Cost: R160 pp – (R250 Annual General Membership) giving free entry all year – Under 18’s Free Entry