VUT FINE ARTS LECTURER AND INDEPENDENT CURATOR TAKES HER WORK TO A WORLD STAGE
By: Qhawekazi Memani – 12 May 2023
From 21 April until 5 May 2023, Fine Arts Lecturer and Independent Art Curator at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), Ms Nkululeko Khumalo attended the International Printmaking Workshop & Exhibition 2023 at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) in Mauritius. Also, from the 5 May 2023 – 27 May 2023 her artworks are being exhibited at the annual exhibition titled Salon de Mai and Moka, Ville de Culture.
This year the workshop is titled: “The Relevance of Printmaking as a mode of artistic expression in today`s Contemporary Art Landscape.”
According to Ms Khumalo the workshop focuses on how the practice seem to be getting neglected and how it’s still in need and relevant for the art practice of today.
In attendance alongside Khumalo, was an artist from Germany, two from Estonia, three from India two are Professors at different universities, one from Paris (France) and the rest of the 14 artists are from Mauritius and the lecturers of MGI.
Ms Khumalo highlighted that this workshop comes as a breath of fresh air for them as artists who have remained isolated for the past three years without interaction with other artists and especially with those from overseas. She added that the MGI International Printmaking Workshop was scheduled to take place in 2020, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was postponed several times.
Over the past two weeks, artists from Estonia, France, Germany, India and South Africa, local artists as well as students and academics from the MGI School of Fine Arts, have had the opportunity to interact face to face, experiment and produce inspiring artworks in various printmaking techniques. We are happy to share the works produced to the public in this exhibition titled Reverse Mode.
“”Reverse Mode” was an amazing opportunity for participants to enhance their focus, imagination and productively explore this art form to push the boundaries. The magic has worked! they have all successfully experimented and improvised different processes to produce the stunning artworks that you will discover in this exhibition,” shared Ms Khumalo.
She continued: “The most widely used printmaking techniques are woodcut, linocut, collagraphy, etching, etching, aquatint, monotype, lithography, screen printing, but artists are constantly expanding their techniques and develop new ones using new technologies. One of the most famous printmakers of all time is Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, best known for his iconic “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” print. Another emblematic engraver, the German artist Albrecht Dürer, produced the famous “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”, which depicts the biblical scene with intricate detail and powerful sense of drama.”
“From woodcuts and etchings to lithographs and serigraphs, printmaking has evolved into a versatile and expressive medium that has inspired countless artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, René Magritte, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, KG. Subramanyan, Andy Warhol, MF Hussain, Damien Hirst and many others throughout history,” she said.
Speaking on painting and sculpture as modes of artistic expression, Ms Khumalo said: “printmaking is unfortunately less known in Mauritius and in many parts of the world. One of the objectives of this international workshop was to popularize this discipline and to show its immense creative possibilities.”
She concluded: “”Reverse Mode” was an amazing opportunity for participants to enhance their focus, imagination and productively explore this art form to push the boundaries. The magic has worked! they have all successfully experimented and improvised different processes to produce the stunning artworks that you will discover in this exhibition.”