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Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt

Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt

Curated by:

Anelisa Mangcu & Jana Terblanche

Date:

2021

For much of recorded art history, black people have been projected onto fanciful Utopic or Dystopic dreamscapes, that underscore the extremities of their identities. Some of these depictions have been useful to honour the past and to imagine spaces that are ruled by a different, fairer set of relations. Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt flips the proverbial script and engages artists who create moments of freedom and upliftment. Rest, relaxation, leisure, intimacy, and domesticity are at the forefront of these pictorial conversations.


Curated by Anelisa Mangcu and Jana Terblanche, this exhibition aims to bring diverse voices into conversation with each other without attempting to be wholly exhaustive. Artistic dialogues differ just as human experiences do, but a common thread of inventing and reinterpreting runs through the heart of the black portraiture movement. The title is taken from Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 science fiction infused anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five where it is presented as an epitaph for the lead character. While on its face, it reads as unreservedly optimistic, the extremity of the language points to its irony and impossibility. This phrase in the context of this exhibition accentuates the complexity and duality of black identity in modern culture; at once a site for trauma and unfettered joy. 


The interest in portraiture is built on a long history of black artists writing their experiences into the historical canon through their art. This movement does not orient itself on established European paradigms but rather works to bring the barley perceivable into visibility, to canonise and to create a space of resonance for black experiences. The curators aim to draw connections between the historical and the contemporary, whilst holding space for a polyphony of ideas and positions. The agency of the African story is returned to African makers. This exhibition celebrates the cultural differences of a multifaceted continent, but also looks for moments of camaraderie and connection. Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt aims to be an important homecoming of ideas to the continent and reclamation of African cultural identity.

I got your back

Bara Sketchbook

2020

Acrylic on canvas

91 x 61 cm

Available

By the botanical garden

Adegboyega Adesina

2021

Mixed media on canvas

152 x 122 cm

Available

Untitled

Seth Pimentel

2021

Mixed media on canvas

122 x 92 cm

Available

At the altar

Mookho Ntho

2021

Oil on canvas

102 x 77 cm

Available

Lady in Pink Stilettos

Zandile Tshabalala

2021

Acrylic on canvas

120 x 90 cm

Not For Sale

Prayer of a Black man,

Qhamanande Maswana

2021

Acrylic on canvas

160 x 120 cm

Available

Within my space

Navel Seakamela

2021

Charcoal, pastel and acrylic on paper

117 x 214 cm

Available

Untitled

Kelechi Nwaneri

2021

Oil on canvas

80 x 58 cm

Available

MWANA M'POW (Young Girl)

Patrick Bongoy

2021

Hessian, fabric, rubber and acrylic

160 x 91 cm

Available

BEACH BABE III

Lwando Dlamini

2021

Oil, chevron tape, elastic band and thread on canvas

120 x 90 cm

Available

Buhle

Kimathi Mafafo

2021

Machine and hand-stitched embroidery on fabric

117 x 101 cm

Available

Kitso

Craig Cameron-Mackintosh

2021

Oil on Italian cotton

50 x 40 cm

Available

The Decision Makers II - The Collector

Katlego Tlabela

2021

Acrylics, ink and collage on canvas

61 x 61 cm

Available

Neighbourhood Watch,

Sphephelo Mnguni

2021

Acrylic on canvas

93 x 103 cm

Available

Simply rediscovering what has always existed

Lulama Wolf

2021

Acrylic and sand on canvas

120 x 120 cm

Available

Beauty poster for the modern day black woman

Muofhe Manavhela

2021

Acrylic on canvas

63 x 76 cm

Available

LET LOVE LEAD

Atanda Quadri Adebayo

2021

Charcoal and acrylic on canvas

122 x 90 cm

Available

Nosakhumzi

Buqaqawuli Thamani Nobakada

2021

Mixed media on paper

151 x 133 cm

Available

Tom Sachs

Sphephelo Mnguni

2021

Acrylic on canvas

109 x 98 cm

Available

you said you wanted to dance

Muofhe Manavhela

2021

Oil on canvas

100 x 75 cm

Available

Duro

Damilola Adeniyi

2021

Acrylic on canvas

122 x 122 cm

Available

Umzali (Parent)

Feni Chulumanco

2021

Acrylic on canvas

150 x 150 cm

Available

Reborn

Mookho Ntho

2021

Oil on canvas

102 x 77 cm

Available

Bras de fer

Zemba Luzamba

2021

Oil on canvas

110 x 130 cm

Available

Refuge

Mookho Ntho

2021

Oil on canvas

102 x 77 cm

Available

On arrival

Muofhe Manavhela

2021

Acrylic on canvas

74 x 64 cm

Available

Aunty Esther

Tafadzwa Tega

2021

Oil on canvas

150 x 150 cm

Available

MOVIE CHARACTER II

Lwando Dlamini

2021

Oil, charcoal, newspaper and spray paint on canvas

150 x 100 cm

Available

Acrylic

Muofhe Manavhela

2021

Acrylic on canvas

70 x 60 cm

Available

Birthday Party

Kelechi Nwaneri

2021

Charcoal and acrylic on canvas

125 x 110 cm

Available

Noludwe

Buqaqawuli Thamani Nobakada

2021

Mixed media on paper

138 x 96 cm

Available

LULONDWE KUBHEKA

Lwando Dlamini

2021

Oil, charcoal and oil pastel on canvas

90 x 72 cm

Available

Daniel in Silhouette

Craig Cameron-Mackintosh

2021

Oil on Italian cotton

100 x 80 cm

Available

Pulls

Zemba Luzamba

2021

Oil on canvas

130 x 90 cm

Available

Celebrating Life

Mongezi Gum

2021

Charcoal on paper

106 x 153 cm
Framed in black timber

Available

SELFIE I

Lwando Dlamini

2021

Oil, reflective tape, thread and charcoal on canvas

90 x 72 cm

Available

There is great depth in wha the eyes never got to see

Lulama Wolf

2021

Acrylic and sand on canvas

120 x 90 cm

Available

Mistress

Tafadzwa Tega

2021

Oil on canvas

140 x 130 cm

Available

Untitled

Navel Seakamela

2021

Charcoal, pastel and acrylic on paper

117 x 100 cm

Available

Sanele

Feni Chulumanco

2021

Acrylic on canvas

150 x 120 cm

Available

Balloon boy

Talut Kareem

2021

Charcoal and acrylic on canvas

122 x 92 cm

Available

sad bitch; bad bitch

Muofhe Manavhela

2021

Oil on canvas

42 x 32 cm each

Available

Book worm

Qhamanande Maswana

2021

Acrylic on canvas

160 x 120 cm

Available

HEADS UP HIGH

Atanda Quadri Adebayo

2021

Charcoal and acrylic on canvas

122 x 90 cm

Available

Nokwandisa

Buqaqawuli Thamani Nobakada

2021

Mixed media on paper

173 x 126cm

Available

Behind the Louvres; in Search of Greener Pastures

Ikeorah Chisom Chi-FADA

2021

Acrylic, charcoal and pastel on canvas

114 x 101 cm

Available

Thaba ke pelo,

Lulama Wolf

2021

Acrylic and sand on canvas

150 x 120 cm

Available

She knows III

Talut Kareem

2021

Charcoal and acrylic on canvas

122 x 92 cm

Available

Lean on me

Navel Seakamela

2021

Charcoal, pastel and acrylic on paper

117 x 214 cm

Available

Nolinathi

Buqaqawuli Thamani Nobakada

2021

Mixed media on paper

174 x 125 cm

Available

Feeling Funky; Peugeot 504 with Purple to match

Ikeorah Chisom Chi-FADA

2021

Acrylic, charcoal and pastel on canvas

127 x 152 cm

Available

Artworks

Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt

Curated by:

Anelisa Mangcu & Jana Terblanche

Date:

2021

Atanda Quadri Adebayo

Atanda Quadri Adebayo

1999

Bara Sketchbook

Bara Sketchbook

1993

Craig Cameron-Mackintosh

Craig Cameron-Mackintosh

1987

Damilola Adeniyi

Damilola Adeniyi

1989

Ikeorah Chisom Chi-FADA

Ikeorah Chisom Chi-FADA

2000

Katlego Tlabela

Katlego Tlabela

1993

Kelechi Nwaneri

Kelechi Nwaneri

1994

Lulama Wolf

Lulama Wolf

1993

Lwando Dlamini

Lwando Dlamini

1992

Mookho Ntho

Mookho Ntho

1995

Muofhe Manavhela

Muofhe Manavhela

2000

Navel Seakamela

Navel Seakamela

1991

Artists