Ukuma - the weight of the wait, a group exhibition

Starts: Thursday, 3 May 2018, 18:00
Posted: 16 Apr 2018
Dates & Times:
  • Thursday, 3 May 2018, 18:00 to Saturday, 26 May 2018, 20:00

Please join us for the opening of “Ukuma- the weight of the wait”, an exhibition curated by Phumzile Twala and Marguerite (Visser) Sanders on 3 May 2018 at 6pm at 153 Smit Street, Braamfontein.

“UKUMA –THE WEIGHT OF THE WAIT” explores the notion of “waiting” and “standing.” Using painting, photography, installation and drawing, this exhibition scrutinises various artists’ experiences of transitions between a state of “time standing still,” to a state of moving along with the inevitable motion of time.

For some, this moment of waiting may inspire metamorphosis, while for others it may act as a catalyst for movement.

“I specifically chose to use this isiZulu word for “waiting” because of the double-meaning it represents. Instead of choosing the word “ukulinda” I use “Ukuma” to signify the action of “standing”, which is developed further into an exploration of the illusion of the “standing still of time” in some moments of waiting,” says Twala.

Ukuma also explores the idea of taking a stand in certain moments of waiting.

It explores what the “weight of the wait” does to the human psyche.

Subjective experiences are used to narrate this story, which ultimately seeks to show how individuals grapple with the effects of waiting and how moments of waiting are used by different individuals.

The exhibition features the works of Lindo Zwane, Althea Nzima, Alex Msibi, Mojaki Lebatla, Similo Hlatshwayo, Mashudu Nevhutalu, Simphiwe Buthelezi, Marguerite Visser Sanders, Mncedi Madolo, Mpho Machate, Tim Motsumi and Thato Nhlapo.

This exhibition is made possible through the support of The African Arts Trust


Phumzile Twala is a freelance writer, independent curator and art project administrator.

Her research interests include contemporary art in the township context, black feminism, black queer contemporary artists in the township context as well as using psychology and art to raise awareness about mental illness.

She also aims to produce biographies and documentaries about black contemporary artists in South Africa, within the township context and to explore the various art movements within this space.

She started out as the founding editor of online arts magazine Barcoded Magazine (2011) and as co-coordinator of Soweto Art Week (2014).

In 2017 she took part in the Southern Summer School/Northern Winter Workshops in Utrecht, Netherlands as part of a delegation of South African art practitioners. This follows her selection as one of the participants in the Ways of Being an Artist in the World Workshop in 2016, featuring guest lectures by Dr. Same Mdluli, Donna Kukama and Kabelo Malatsie, facilitated by Johannesburg Art Gallery Head curator Khwezi Gule (then Chief Curator of Soweto Museums.)

In 2017 she was selected in the first Artist Career Bootcamp Programme facilitated by Les Cohn of Art Source South Africa in partnership with the Bag Factory.

In 2017 she also curated her first exhibition “Black Gaze: over-exposed or under-exposed?” at Eyethu Gallery in Soweto.

As a curator, it is her aim to produce innovative showcases that challenge the status quo, which also have a focal point of further understanding and showcasing unique perspectives of black narratives.

Phumzile has a Bachelor of Commerce (Industrial and Organisational Psychology) degree from UNISA and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Media Studies and Journalism) degree from WITS University.


Marguerite Sanders (nee Visser) is a full time visual artist currently based in Johannesburg where she works from her studio at Studio Fracture in 27 Boxes, Melville.

Her works address a variety of personal and societal issues through a palimpsest of intertextual references. She works mainly in painting, drawing and printmaking.

She graduated in 2007 from the University of the Free State with a B.A. Fine Arts degree. She has been involved in a variety of capacities in the arts in Bloemfontein and Johannesburg, and has participated in a number of group exhibitions and collaborations around the country.

She has been selected as one of the artists participating in the 2018 TAF and Assemblage’s Talent Unlocked (previously Fresh Produce) programme for emerging artists.

Selected group exhibitions she has participated in include Perceptual Perspective – Commemorating 7 Years of Assemblage (2017; Jhb), Hanging Gardens-group exhibition (2012; ABSA KKNK, Oudtshoorn; curator Dr Paul Bayliss), ABSA l’Atelier finalist-group exhibition (2009; Jhb; curator Dr Paul Bayliss; catalogue) and the creative and curatorial collaboration: (ge)integr(i/eerde)t(eit/yd): a visual sonnet cycle with MC Roodt (2010: Article Showcase, Jhb, SA; 2011: NWU Botanical Gardens gallery, Potchefstroom, SA & as part of the Process Exhibition 2011 at the Eeufees Gallery, UFS, Bfn, SA).

Between 2012 and 2016 she took a break from exhibiting and explored other creative projects and opportunities. Marguerite has been a full time artist since February 2017, and always strives to be more professional.

“Ukuma- the weight of the wait”

Date: Thursday 3 May 2018 at 6pm

Venue: 153 Smit Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.


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