In a world constantly looking into and at Africa for inspiration and then repackaging it for Africans, it’s heartwarming to find organisations and brands in Africa doing their best to bring African creative work to other Africans. Thanks to the hard work from the team at Distell, On The Cusp is a pivotal exhibition showcasing 14 young, up-and-coming contemporary African artists expertly curated by Ghanian writer and artist Dr Bernard Akoi-Jackson, at the inaugural Stellenbosch Triennale between now and 30th April 2020.
Staged inside one of Distell’s heritage properties, Libertas Parva – also known as Little Libertas – on 25-33 Dorp Street in Stellenbosch, On The Cusp, initiated by chief curator Khanyisile Mbongwa, references the idea of the accumulated potential that an individual or generation possesses at a crucial interval of time – just before the onset of something great – and is a definite sight and experience not to be missed.
“On The Cusp takes into account future possibilities by engaging with new artists set to innovate in the African scene to come, as well as on the world stage,” says Chief Curator Khanyisile Mbongwa. “The exhibition follows the ethos of the Stellenbosch Triennale, as it ventures beyond the confines of the traditional, exposing fresh practices – aesthetic, conceptual, critical and/or material.”
Akoi-Jackson has upon the advice of a network of colleague practitioners across the continent, selected 14 African artists (6 of them as part of one collective) across a spectrum of techniques, methods and mediums and a host of genres. They are:
“For On The Cusp, it has been important to borrow from the ethics of blaxTARLINES KUMASI and take cognisance of realities in economics and politics; the human society in general and how these then work in ways that have impact beyond the human experience,” Akoi-Jackson explains.
Distell is proud to be involved as a sponsor, says Bridgitte Backman, Distell’s Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs. “For Distell, supporting arts and culture is viewed as an investment in our future, recognising how much our cultural life contributes to the health of our communities across the nation, and indeed, around the world. It showcases the rich global diversity of people and we believe in it as a deeply unifying force. On The Cusp for Distell reflects our drive and ambition to be an African Champion, a dynamic business that appeals to a broad spectrum of Africans,” she states.
The Stellenbosch Triennale is on now until 30 April 2020, in venues across the historic town. OnThe Cusp is specifically hosted in Distell’s heritage property, Libertas Parva located at 25-33 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. Visit www.stellenboschtriennale.com and https://stellenboschtriennale.com/on-the-cusp-artists/ to learn more.
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