SOLO: A New Project For The Investec Cape Town Art Fair

WORDS Biddi Rorke


You’ve come to expect the ultimate showcase of contemporary African and global art at the annual Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF2018). This year, a brand new offering at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) promises to captivate and provoke.

SOLO, an inaugural special project, seeks to explore the artistic practices of emerging and established artists working locally and abroad through curated solo presentations.

Curated by leading arts luminary Nontobeko Ntombela, SOLO 2018 focuses on works created by female artists and highlights the full range of socio-political issues women face globally.

As Nontobeko says, the chosen pieces are all about “upsetting the norm and upsetting the image of women.” Participating artists this year include Maïmouna Guerresi (Senegal/Italy), Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (Botswana), Stacey Gillian Abe (Uganda), Parul Thacker (India), Keyezua (Angola), Lhola Amira (South Africa), Lucinda Mudge (South Africa), Kimathi Mafafo (South Africa), Ingrid Bolton (South Africa) and Buhlebezwe Siwani (South Africa).

Nontobeko, who is working in tandem with ICTAF2018 curator Tumelo Mosaka, has played an active role in the local art world for more than a decade, holding curatorial positions at Johannesburg Art Gallery, BAT Centre (Durban), and Durban University of Technology Art Gallery. She has also served on a number of boards and committees including the National Arts Council, Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), KwaZulu Natal Society of Art, African Art Centre, and the Human Rights Trust.

ICTAF2018 runs from 16 – 18 February 2018 at the CTICC. Visit capetownartfair.co.za for more.