Please join us for a drink and the opening of a show by Bumba & Andre on 1 March 2018 at 6pm at 68 Juta St, Braamfontein.
Assemblage has closed its studio space but we are still alive and have some exciting things planned. This two person show is the first in series of exhibitions that we will be poping up in the Braamfontein area over the next few months.
Bumba & Andre is an African artistic duo who works with a plethora of media. As two collaborative artists, they typically work with: drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video, text, photography and performance. Bumba & Andre explore the phenomenon of dichotomy and duality. Their work is broad and dynamic, pushing the physical and conceptual limitations of each medium they work with. Bumba & Andre’s work straddles the line between quirk and humour, and the reality of the topics they deal with; always sprinkling in the “lighter side” in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
The duo explores the concepts of: love and romance, heritage and race, gender and sexuality, history and histories, the primitive, language, play, psychology, the abject, and neo-fantasy. Bumba and Andre created “neo-fantasy” as the playground to scrutinise the human condition and interpersonal relationships. Their fantastical world is constructed around the alternative, the hypothetical and the impossible; informed by the subjective experience of the [each] other.
Jacques du Toit (Andre):
Du Toit was born in South Africa in 1989 and lives in Johannesburg. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (cum laude) in 2011 at the University of the Witwatersrand. Du Toit won runner up at the Sasol New Signatures national art competition in 2013, and in the same year he was selected for the Top 100 at the ABSA L’Atelier national art competition.
In addition, du Toit has participated in a number of group exhibitions: Basic Reality, at the Goodman Gallery Project Space (2011), DOG, at The Alliance Francąise (2012) and When We Look at You, at the Fordsburg Bag Factory (2013). In 2014 he was also included in the top selection at the Thami Mnyele national art competition.
Tamara Longwe (Bumba):
Longwe was born in Ndola, Zambia in 1993. Longwe and the rest of her immediate family relocated to Mbombela, South Africa in 1994 after the country gained its emancipation from the Apartheid regime. Longwe grew up in Mbombela and moved to Braamfontein, Gauteng to pursue her studies in Psychology. In 2014 Longwe graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree - majoring in English Literature and Psychology - and obtained her Honours degree in General Psychology in 2015.
In 2015 Longwe met du Toit and it was this encounter that inspired a strong interest in Fine Arts. In 2016 Longwe and du Toit started an art business under Jacques du Toit Art, where Longwe’s artistic contribution was creative writing. Later that year they teamed up as an artistic duo, forming Bumba & Andre. The Sasol New Signatures competition (2017) is their debut as performance artists.
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The project is supported by The African Arts Trust