Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006

Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006
09 November - 02 December 2006
Installation View
Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006
09 November - 02 December 2006
Installation View
Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006
09 November - 02 December 2006
Installation View
Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006
09 November - 02 December 2006
Installation View
Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006
09 November - 02 December 2006
Installation View
Sam Nhlengethwa
Thursday (Garankuwa), 2006
Etching
12.3 x 19.7 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Welcome to Nyanga, Western Cape, 2006
Mixed media on paper
122 x 140cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Saulsville, 2006
Mixed media on paper
50 x 122cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Public Phones, 2006
Lithograph
37 x 46cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Winnie's House, Brandfort, I, II, III, 2006
Mixed media on canvas, triptych
40 x 40cm / 40 x 51cm / 40 x 40cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Gossipers, 2006
Colour Lithograph
37 x 46cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
1st Ave Alexandra, 2006
Mixed media on paper
70 x 100cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Boneha P.S. (Ratanda), 2006
Etching
Image: 12.3 x 19.7 cm Work: 50 x 35 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
White city slopes, Kwa-Thema, 2006
Mixed media on paper
70 x 100cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Kwa Guqa, Witbank I, 2006
Mixed media on paper
40 x 50cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Kwa Guqa, Witbank, III, 2006
Mixed media on canvas
40 x 50cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
No Dumping Area, Western Cape, 2006
Mixed Media On Paper
127 x 275cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Washing Day, 2006
Lithograph
37 x 46cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Granny (Seshego), 2006
Etching
12.3 x 19.7 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
On my way to Guguletu, 2006
Mixed media on paper
140 x 260cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Night Vigil (Natalspruit), 2006
Etching
12.1 x 19.5 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Teacher (Mabopane), 2006
Etching
12.3 x 19.7 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Kwa Mashu, KZN, 2006
Mixed media on paper
82 x 79cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Nyanga, Western Cape, 2006
Mixed media on paper
120 x 322cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Elamonti, KZN, 2006
Mixed media on paper
74 x 125cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Hair Salon, 2006
Colour Lithograph
37 x 46cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Sunday, 2006
Colour Lithograph
37 x 46cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Umlazi Section B, KZN, 2006
Mixed media on paper
88 x 147cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Mkhozi (Sebokeng), 2006
Etching
12.1 x 19.5 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Spearville, Barberton, 2006
Mixed media on canvas
88 x 147cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Brandfort, 2006
Mixed media on paper
40 x 51cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Going To Church, 2006
Lithograph
37 x 46cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Lotto Q (Kagiso), 2006
Etching
Image: 12.3 x 19.7 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Mamelodi, 2006
Mixed media on paper
70 x 100cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Emhluzi, Mpumalanga, 2006
Mixed media on paper
53 x 101cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Kwa Guqa, Witbank, II, 2006
Mixed media n canvas
40 x 50cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
17th Ave Alexandra , 2006
Mixed media on paper
70 x 100cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Bhabhalazi (Daveyton), 2006
Etching
12.3 x 19.7 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Kwa Guqa, Witbank IV, 2006
Mixed media on canvas
40 x 50cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Baragwanath Bridge, 2006
Mixed media on paper
79 x 282cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Mangaung, Bloemfontein, I, 2006
Mixed media on paper
40 x 51cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Church Street, Kwa Guya, I, 2006
Mixed media on canvas
50 x 60cm
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Church Street, Kwa Guqa, II , 2006
Mixed Media On Canvas
Work: 50 x 60 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Shebeen (Thembisa), 2006
Etching
12.1 x 19.5 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Self-portrait, 2006
Mixed media on canvas
40 x 40cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Postman, 2006
Colour Lithograph
37 x 46cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Lotto Q (Kwa-Thema), 2006
Etching
12.3 x 19.7 cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Friends, 2005
Lithograph
37 x 46cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Emhluzi, Middelburg, 2006
Mixed media on canvas
40 x 51cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Mangaung, Bloemfontein II, 2006
Mixed media on canvas
40 x 51cm
Sam Nhlengethwa
Car Wash, 2006
Colour Lithograph
Work: 37 x 46 cm

Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006 - Installation View

09 November - 02 December 2006

Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006 - Installation View

09 November - 02 December 2006

Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006 - Installation View

09 November - 02 December 2006

Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006 - Installation View

09 November - 02 December 2006

Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006 - Installation View

09 November - 02 December 2006

Sam Nhlengethwa

Thursday (Garankuwa)

Sam Nhlengethwa

Welcome to Nyanga, Western Cape

Sam Nhlengethwa

Saulsville

Sam Nhlengethwa

Public Phones

Sam Nhlengethwa

Winnie's House, Brandfort, I, II, III

Sam Nhlengethwa

Gossipers

Sam Nhlengethwa

1st Ave Alexandra

Sam Nhlengethwa

Boneha P.S. (Ratanda)

Sam Nhlengethwa

White city slopes, Kwa-Thema

Sam Nhlengethwa

Kwa Guqa, Witbank I

Sam Nhlengethwa

Kwa Guqa, Witbank, III

Sam Nhlengethwa

No Dumping Area, Western Cape

Sam Nhlengethwa

Washing Day

Sam Nhlengethwa

Granny (Seshego)

Sam Nhlengethwa

On my way to Guguletu

Sam Nhlengethwa

Night Vigil (Natalspruit)

Sam Nhlengethwa

Teacher (Mabopane)

Sam Nhlengethwa

Kwa Mashu, KZN

Sam Nhlengethwa

Nyanga, Western Cape

Sam Nhlengethwa

Elamonti, KZN

Sam Nhlengethwa

Hair Salon

Sam Nhlengethwa

Sunday

Sam Nhlengethwa

Umlazi Section B, KZN

Sam Nhlengethwa

Mkhozi (Sebokeng)

Sam Nhlengethwa

Spearville, Barberton

Sam Nhlengethwa

Brandfort

Sam Nhlengethwa

Going To Church

Sam Nhlengethwa

Lotto Q (Kagiso)

Sam Nhlengethwa

Mamelodi

Sam Nhlengethwa

Emhluzi, Mpumalanga

Sam Nhlengethwa

Kwa Guqa, Witbank, II

Sam Nhlengethwa

17th Ave Alexandra

Sam Nhlengethwa

Bhabhalazi (Daveyton)

Sam Nhlengethwa

Kwa Guqa, Witbank IV

Sam Nhlengethwa

Baragwanath Bridge

Sam Nhlengethwa

Mangaung, Bloemfontein, I

Sam Nhlengethwa

Church Street, Kwa Guya, I

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Church Street, Kwa Guqa, II

Sam Nhlengethwa

Shebeen (Thembisa)

Sam Nhlengethwa

Self-portrait

Sam Nhlengethwa

Postman

Sam Nhlengethwa

Lotto Q (Kwa-Thema)

Sam Nhlengethwa

Friends

Sam Nhlengethwa

Emhluzi, Middelburg

Sam Nhlengethwa

Mangaung, Bloemfontein II

Sam Nhlengethwa

Car Wash

Sam Nhlengethwa’s solo exhibition entitled ‘Townships revisited’ opened on 11 November 2006 at The Goodman Gallery. Along with Nhlengethwa’s work, the monograph entitled Sam Nhlengethwa the Goodman Gallery Editions publication will be launched. This was the first comprehensive publication about Sam Nhlengethwa’s life and artworks.

For the exhibition Nhlengethwa has chosen to focus on the theme of townships around South Africa. Historically townships were under-developed urban residential areas created for non-whites by the apartheid government. They were places of riots, unrest and violence. Townships were also places of great music, fashion and style. They were ‘monumentalized’ in the paintings of Gerard Sekoto and George Pemba. Sekoto and Pemba’s depictions of the townships have inspired Nhlengethwa’s work.

Nhlengethwa was interested to see how life in the various townships of South Africa had changes over the years. Whist working on this series of artworks Nhlengethwa revisited and photographed various South African areas and townships. He visited townships in the Western Cape; KwaZulu Natal; Free State; North West and Gauteng. Nhlengethwa describes how ‘as autumn set in 2005, I embarked on the townships project. As part of my research, I visited different townships in the six provinces. I discovered during my research that each of the townships I covered has its own character depending on where it is’. Nhlengethwa describes townships situated near Metropolitan cities as different from townships that are near less densely populated towns and rural areas. They have a more ‘hybrid’ character that is fast-pacing and one cannot clearly distinguish an origin or cultural essence. Townships, generally speaking, have similar infra-structure and architecture. Life-style is casual and vibrant as portrayed by the different characters in the artworks on exhibition.

As an artist working primarily with the techniques of collage and montage, Nhlengethwa has focused on using his own photographs to recreate these township scenes. Moving away from his earlier canvas works, Nhlengethwa’s new collage works are mainly on paper, which are accompanied by a new series of prints. Nhlengethwa’s new series of work gives the public a glimpse of life in the different townships.

The exhibition ran at The Goodman Gallery from the 11th of November through till the 2nd of December 2006.

Sam Nhlengethwa

Sam Nhlengethwa was born in the mining community of Payneville Springs in 1955 and grew up in Ratanda location in Heidelberg, east of Johannesburg. He completed a two-year Fine Art Diploma at the Rorkes Drift Art Centre in the late 1970s. While he exhibited extensively both locally and abroad during the 1980s and ’90s, Nhlengethwa’s travelling solo show South Africa, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow in 1993 established him at the vanguard of critical consciousness in South Africa and he went on to win the Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 1994.

Nhlengethwa was born into a family of jazz lovers; his two brothers both collected jazz music and his deceased eldest brother was a jazz musician. “Painting jazz pieces is an avenue or outlet for expressing my love for the music,” he once said in an interview. "As I paint, I listen to jazz and visualise the performance. Jazz performers improvise within the conventions of their chosen styles. In an ensemble, for example, there are vocal styles that include freedom of vocal colour, call-and-response patterns and rhythmic complexities played by different members. Painting jazz allows me to literally put colour onto these vocal colours.

“Jazz is rhythmic and it emphasises interpretation rather than composition. There are deliberate tonal distortions that contribute to its uniqueness. My jazz collages, with their distorted patterns, attempt to communicate all of this. As a collagist and painter, fortunately, the technique allows me this freedom of expression… What I am doing is not new though, as there are other artists before me who painted jazz pieces. For example, Gerard Sekoto, Romare Bearden and Henri Matisse.”

Nhlengethwa’s work has been included in key exhibitions such as Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and major publications such as Phaidon’s The 20th Century Art Book. He has had several solo shows in South Africa and abroad, exhibiting in the 12th International Cairo Biennale (2010) and in Constructions: Contemporary Art from South Africa at Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi (2011) in Brazil. In 2018 Nhlengethwa was included on the group exhibition Beyond Borders: Global Africa at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.