Legendary artist Dr Esther Mahlangu is part of international group exhibition Not a Single Story, which launched in Joburg this weekend at Winter Sculpture Fair and will continue to show over two months.
The Not a Single Story exhibition was inspired by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ted talk warning about the dangers of looking at things from only one perspective. The exhibition features work from predominantly women artists, and includes the likes of legendary artist Yoko Ono, award-winning artist Nandipha Mntambo and more, and aims to inspire a comprehensive educational programme for children and the youth to broaden their perspective on the arts.
“Shun a single story as it creates stereotypes and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story,” according to the esteemed writer.
Dr Mahlangu recently received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Johannesburg, acknowledging her contribution the the arts and awarding her some much-deserved recognition. Dr. Mahlangu’s work strongly reflects her Ndebele heritage, and negotiates local and global issues using the lens of her culture.
The artists part of Not a Single Story “represent a diversity of perspectives as they range from forerunners to emerging artists within contemporary art in South Africa, the African diaspora, Sweden and internationally”, according to the fair.
Not a Single Story is hosted from 12 May – 29 July at the NIROX Sculpture Park in the Cradle of Humankind.