LKB/G is pleased to present Banele Khoza‘s first solo exhibition in Germany: To: The Unknown.
Born in 1994 in Hlatikulu, Swaziland, Khoza is a Pretoria based contemporary artist obsessed with expression of the current state of affairs in human relations. Banele moved to South Africa in 2008 and has since then taken over the title of young up and coming artist to watch. Most recent activities include a solo exhibition with SMITH (Cape Town) in February 2018 after very successful group shows in 2017 as well as winning the Gerard Sekoto Award and the South Africa Taxi Foundation Art Award in 2017.
Banele Khoza about the upcoming exhibition: ‘The sense that I have felt from people when it comes to abstract works, they either get lost and not understand what the work is about, others find joy in the colours – as colour is personal and has different meaning to each individual. I am also aware that colour is a personal expression on my end, and that is the journey I wish to take people through.’
Opening: 2 August 2018, 19:00 | Exhibition: 3 August – 7 September 2018 | Finissage: 7 September 2018, 19:00
‘I have also come to associate different meanings of my own with colour and sometimes with a viewer we are on the same page regarding meaning or they completely trail into their own context – which revokes personal memories and experiences. The paintings are consistent to my love for washes, the acrylic still imitates washes that could have been traces of watercolour paints, which the transparency and fluidity captures my personality of being a sensitive human, and transparent and deep with emotion.
‘The works are also a response to running away from the figure that has been heavily associated with my painting style, it is running away from expectations and what would safely sell and deviating to emotion and true expression without expectation – it is to the unknown.
‘Living in a space of the unknown is letting go of certainty, as things could go either way, and that is my life as an artist and human – I am not aware what tomorrow will bring, most of us do not – yet it is also a great thrill to be in that space too. As anything could happen.’
LKB/G is a young contemporary art gallery located in Hamburg, DE that focuses on underrepresented positions, especially from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. Additionally, we are fostering the connections between Africa, the Caribbean, Afro-America and Europe as well as the visibility of art of the Global South.