‘Beasts of No Nation’ is the result of three artists - Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa, Pebofatso Mokoena, and Fleur de Bondt - who were each awarded a studio bursary from The African Arts Trust, as a finalization of their time spent at Assemblage Studios. The three artists’ intention through this exhibition is to create a series of challenges that instigate creativity and veers away from the preciousness surrounding an artist and their own ideas.
The journey of creating the body of work for this exhibition began with sessions of group conversation drawings that culminates into the interrogation of each artist’s perceptions of monsters and abysses. A selected text by Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the mechanisms that influences (on a subconscious level through ritualistic repetition) the direction and imagery that develops from the conversation drawings.
The exhibition at Hazard gallery will grow into a project space that further interrogates this subject, both collaboratively and individually.
Please join us for the opening at Hazard Gallery in Maboneng on Thursday 11 August.
“Battle not with monsters, lest ye become and monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss will also gaze into you.” - Friedrich Nietzsche -
Fleur de Bondt, (b. 1989), is an autodidactic artist. Since 2013, she has shown work at numerous galleries including The Art Room, Constitution Hill, Jo Anke, Artist Proof Studio, ABSA Gallery, KKNK and the Turbine and Joburg Art Fairs. de Bondt specializes in drawing and printmaking with her work being concept and process driven. She currently works from her studio at Assemblage, Johannesburg.
Pebofatso Mokoena, (b. 1993), has always been intrigued by the visual art. He completed his high school career at Bracken High School in 2011 acquiring both a distinction in Visual Art and was awarded the Design School Art Trophy. Mokoena graduated with a NDip(Visual Art) at UJ. In 2015, the artist became a recipient of the African Arts Trust Studio bursary and currently works as an artist based at the Assemblage studios.
Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa (b. 1992). Having studied at Hoërskool die Fakkel, where she obtained a distinction in Visual Arts, Mokalapa then enrolled and graduated in, from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA degree in Fine Arts in 2015. With a keen interest for drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installation art, Mokalapa received a studio bursary from The African Arts Trust and currently works from her studio at Assemblage, Newtown.