Art sale and works by Mulla

A work by Melody French, titled Beneath, on show at artSpace Durban as part of the Winter Sale exhibition.

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BY BILLY SUTER

THE Winter Sale exhibition, featuring works by Lara Mellon, Grace Kotze, Melody French and Sibusiso Duma, is now running until August 9 at Durban’s artSpace Gallery, 3 Millar Road, off Umgeni Road.

Thereafter, a new exhibition, The You & I  by Ganjatun Mulla, will be presented for two weeks, from August 11 to 24.

 The You & I is described as a dynamic idea evolving over time in relation to how events and experiences can shape us, and how we can counter-shape the way we experience the experience.

Mulla is best known for her expressive artistic techniques in compelling visual illustrations of her homeland and cultural roots.

Ganjatun Mulla’s The Building, a 2011 oi on canvas

She is of Omani and Persian decent but was born and raised in Tanzania before moving to Dubai and later on to South Africa.

She has spent the most part of her life in silence, communicating solely through her art, and believes in the empowerment of women and their struggle for independence.

Mulla, who currently lives in Zimbali, says her passion for art derives from the works of the surrealist painter Salvador Dali, with whom she likens her philosophical view of the world; a world that is only as real as it appears.

She is quoted as saying: “We live in the image of who we want to become, not of who we’ve become. In so doing, we lose sight of the lessons from the past, the beauty of the present and the opportunities of the future.”

Her art has become a means of expressing this doctrine and to live each day with a sense of optimism and ambition.


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