Nando’s Creative Exchange in partnership with Spier Arts Trust opened at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town on 30 August 2018, bringing the works of four of the hottest emerging Southern African artists to the Mother City.
The exhibition ran until 26 September, giving Capetonians the chance to see the works of Christo Basson, Ludumo Maqabuka, Nkoali Nawa and Nkosinathi Quwe.
The theme of this year’s exhibition was Rituals. The four artists taking part in the exhibition have found meaning in rituals of the everyday. From music sampling to religious devotion, and from work to play, they borrow from the past to create new realities. The exhibition acknowledged that in the past decade, artists’ concepts have shifted from justice and injustice to rituals – the gathering of real experience beyond imagined ideals.
“At Nando’s, we’re passionate about our Southern African heritage, which is why we invest in local art and artists,” explains Kirsty Niehaus, Nando’s Art & Internal Communications Manager. “Nando’s is the largest collector of Southern African art in the world, with over 21 000 artworks in our collection.
Through our various artist development programmes, administered by Spier Arts Trusts, we currently support more than 350 artists. Their work is displayed in 1 200 Nando’s restaurants in 24 countries around the world.”
Niehaus explains that the Creative Exchange exhibition is the culmination of one of the artist development programmes – it creates a mentoring opportunity for the artists selected to work towards a Nando’s sponsored show, while building the professional-practice skills they need for their career development.
Ludumo Maqabuka chose Protest as the subject matter for his work. “Protest is a street ritual, which is relevant to my conversations with street culture/ street art and urban life, to be frank,” he explains.
He notes the opportunities he has enjoyed through various Nando’s art programmes have allowed him to work as a fulltime artist. “My work is all over the world and it also has been on the Nando’s menu,” he says. “Nando’s has helped build my art career. I’m highly grateful for the work and opportunities that Nando’s and Spier Arts Trust have created for me and other South African artists.”