2019 May 24: Somnyama Ngonyama Interpreted to Ikhono LaseNatali

by Wakhe Sebenza

“I personally believe that artists need to be resourced. Durban Artists need recognition because for an artist to make sense, it means that you need to have been exhibited. Have your work published and also have your work analysed by experts, meaning the curators, the art writers, being journaled or have the work appear in art journals, but most of all to have own publications.”

This statement by Professor Sir Zanele Muholi encapsulates what Ikhono Lasenatali exhibition is about and not only that but also the purpose of life. I personally believe we are here to love, inspire and support each other. Extending a helping hand is something we all must do, for this is not only helping those who yearn for support but a self-satisfaction that makes life worth living. Sir Muholi is already doing it, one doesn’t have to look further for inspiration.


It’s a Friday afternoon May 17 2019, we are gathered at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban for the official opening of IKhono LaseNatali, an exhibition presented by Inkanyiso Media and Muholi Productions in collaboration with 25 Young Visual Artist of KwaZulu -Natal. Welcomed by the crew in Ikhono LaseNatali branded T-shirts, to set the tone for the night, Ikhono LaseNatali branded bags were bestowed on attendees and they were very much excited about the bags of course but wait there is more, bag contained a document with Artist Biographies and more information about the night, programme of the day, Ikhono LaseNatali branded bottled water and a refreshments voucher. Now picture the mingling and networking before the show, yes you have a correct picture, everyone with a glass of “something something”, Ikhono LaseNatali bag and a big smile.

Zanele Muholi receiving the Kraszna-Krausz the 2019 book of the year award photo by Lerato Dumse

Ikhono LaseNatali has been open for viewing since the 8th of May 2019 and it is running until the 2nd of June 2019. You’d wonder what is this Somnyama Ngonyama being interpreted anyway, don’t anymore, I’ve got you covered. Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness is a self-portraits book created by one of the most powerful visual activists of our time, Professor Sir Zanele Muholi. Published by Aperture, the book has won Aperture ‘Book Publisher of the Year’ at the 2018 Lucie Awards. Speaking of Awards, did I mention that Just a night before the official opening, Sir Muholi was is London, UK. Accepting the 2019 Best Photography Book Award by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. The award recognises those who have made an outstanding original or lasting contribution within photography or the moving image. So it is that Book being interpreted by 25 Visual Artist of KwaZulu-Natal using their own mediums, telling their own stories relating to Somnyama Ngonyama.


Ikhono LaseNatali Exhibition is open for viewing until 02 June 2019, with Lab Talks on Thursdays at 16:00 to 17:30 and Saturdays 09:00 to 12:00.

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