I See U: Imagining a Space for Freedom is an exhibition featuring more than 35 works from the Spier Collection. It will showcase on Spier Wine Farm from August 29 to November 30, 2019.
Celebrating 25 years of South Africa’s democracy with artists such as Athi-Patra Ruga, Helen Sebidi and Ricky Ayanda Dyaloyi. Art mediums include painting, sculpture, photography, beadwork and drawing. It will powerfully illustrate the importance of art to catalyse change, hold the powerful to account, and give a voice to the voiceless.
“Spier has been a longstanding supporter of the arts because we believe they are a powerful tool for transformation – sparking new insights and inspiring us to engage with our world in new and imaginative ways,” says Spier CEO Andrew Milne.
When selecting the works I See U’s Olga Speakes who is a lecturer at the Michaelis School of Fine Art was guided by the insight that, while much has been achieved over 25 years of democracy, much more needs to be done.
The artists which she and co-curator Gaisang Sathekge selected each honour the struggles of the past and take stock of our tumultuous present, while inviting the viewers to imagine a more equal, prosperous and just South African future.
The phrase “I see U” has become a short form often used on social media to give recognition and support to connect and to acknowledge someone’s achievements in spite of the challenges they face. It originated in the blockbuster film, Avatar, and has become popular especially among young people, who often use “U” instead of “You”. By using this youthful colloquialism points, the exhibition offers a reminder of the young age of our democracy.
Entrance to the exhibition is free.
Find out more information on www.spier.co.za