Maitland Institute | Opening
Umthamo by Nicholas Hlobo and Cinga Samson


The Maitland Institute
Wednesday 14th | 18h00 - 20h00
Unit 15, The Meat Factory, 372 Voortrekker Road
(parking entrance off Mowbray Street)

At the Maitland Institute, Nicholas Hlobo presents an immersive installation titled Umthamo.

In this exhibition Hlobo elevates his investigation of the materiality of copper through a playful engagement with space. Pipes are planted in wood and arranged in dense, permeating masses.

Hlobo states: ‘With these materials I’m trying to find a stepping stone that might lead me on to something else – a newer challenge.’

The title references feeding, and Hlobo alludes expansively to the experience of nourishment. The tangled, ecstatic shapes are a reflection of the movement of grasses in the wind, the force of blood through the capillaries, the stimulation of cells for sustenance.

Hlobo continues: ‘The exhibition space has volume in itself and these objects also have volume – it’s about volume within volumes.’

With its robust occupation of space, and sensitivity to the convolutions of process and movement, Hlobo’s Umthamo expresses a relish of the interchange between the macro and micro environments, and the interrelatedness of the self with one’s surroundings.

Strauss & Co | walkabout

Thursday 15th | 11h00
Block B, Cape Town Cruise Terminal Duncan Road, V&A Waterfront

Contemporary Art Auction
Strauss & Co is hosting its first contemporary art auction which focuses on outstanding examples of contemporary art made by South African, African and diaspora artists.