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​Under the auspices of the City of Johannesburg Arts, Culture, and Heritage directorate, this exhibition curated by Tatenda Magaisa, titled “It wearies me: you say it wearies you”, explores escapism, fatigue, sanity, and humour amid our ever-evolving and often turbulent world. Magaisa’s distinctive visual language skilfully navigates the complexities of contemporary existence, inviting viewers to introspect on how individuals grapple with and respond to the challenges of our times. Each artwork is a testament to the artist’s keen insight into the human condition, offering a compelling narrative that resonates deeply with audiences, reflecting moments of both overwhelm and hope.

The juxtaposition of solemnity deepens the emotional resonance of the artwork, creating a rich and immersive experience for all who engage with it.

Speaking about her inspiration, Magaisa, a 34-year-old Wits master’s graduate, says: “A lot of this work was about me returning to the art world after I took a significant break. I did not want to give up, so I started to teach myself again, and how to enjoy my practice outside doing it for other people. That is why the work is more personal, I think. It is about me developing a relationship with my practice.”

Director of Arts, Culture, and Heritage in the City of Johannesburg Vuyisile Mshudulu emphasised the importance of providing a platform for artists to share their creative endeavours with the broader community.

He says by putting the spotlight on the diverse talents and perspectives within the visual arts landscape, the city’s Arts Alive programme not only fosters appreciation for artistic expression but also cultivates cultural enrichment and dialogue.

Members of the public are invited to experience this captivating exhibition and engage in dialogue surrounding the pressing issues it addresses. 

​The exhibition runs from 17 March to 7 July 2024 at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, located on the corners of Klein and King George streets, Joubert Park.

Written by Dr Karabo Semenya

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