Group show
In collaboration with ARTHOUSE
Terence Maluleka, Banele Khoza, Tzung-Hui Lauren Lee, Shakil Solanki, Michael Tymbios, Guy Simpson, Lebo Kekana

Art, nature, and the built environment

A cultural exchange prompted by South African art held by a Spanish context. Exploring connections in different forms — among others, the relationship between art, nature, and the built environment. Seven South African artists; Terence Maluleka, Banele Khoza, Tzung-HuiLauren Lee, Shakil Solanki, Michael Tymbios and Lebo Kekana, are introduced to Spanish audiences.

a single thought merges with billions of other thoughts until they cohere into a language – a polyvocal and elastic language of us and we

a single dot links with other dots to form a series of lines - lines that interweave until they become a complex image — a drawing, a painting, imprinting on a sheet

a single conversation travels across watery channels and collides through different tongues to form a collaboration — a sense of communing together through different disciplines

the starting point is often singular

the endpoint is almost always multiple — an entangled system of interweaving parts.

-Nkgopoleng Moloi

All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you - Octavia Butler.

Through their works, the artists express an energy pulsating of different ways of knowing. Touch in the haptic sense of affectation and reflection - that is to say, have an effect on, alter or shape. In this sense, each artwork conveys intricate narratives that encourage an exploration of links between locales (Spain and South Africa). Through a textured approach to painting, Tymbios visualises the hilly parts of Cape Town’s landscape rendered rich through the rushing sound of water flowing underneath rivers. Kekana fragments his figures and leaves them hovering in a sea of blue as an exploration of the psychological effects of space through play. Maluleka and Khoza subtly gesture at the thin veil between the interior and exterior with the representation of nature through flora. Lee introduces an element of abstraction with mark-making inspired by Chinese folk art while Solanki offers a delicate sense of intimacy with sensual figures moving through space. Read together, the works bring to the fore the fragility, strangeness, and beauty of connections between people, nature, spaces, and objects. 

- Text by Nkgopoleng Moloi, adapted by Lebo Kekana

Established in 2020 by artist Lebo Kekana, FEDE Arthouse is a nomadic gallery working at the intersection of art and design. FEDE sets out to defy the white-wall template, setting up immersive experiences of varying kinds — extending beyond art exhibitions, to create architecture-based installations, and offerings centred around music and film. Discover more about FEDE Arthouse here.

With artwork detail of “To be red” (2023) by Terence Maluleke
Poster design by 5pm.studio