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The story lends itself to a metaphor and carries endless possibilities

We often say there are many sides to a story and Novelist Chimamanda Adichie explains “the danger of a single story” as she candidly explores this phenomenon of storytelling.  As Chimamanda highlights in her TED Talk, “by only considering a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding”. Her simple, yet powerful quote is a point of departure and inspiration for the aptly titled NIROX Winter 2018 exhibition ‘NOT A SINGLE STORY’.

The NIROX Foundation, South Africa and Wanås Konst, The Wanås Foundation, Sweden brings together female heavyweights to the sculptural arena. Yoko Ono, Lubaina Himid and Esther Mahlangu are amongst the 25 artists who as the NIROX Foundation’s Khumo Sebambo explains “bring forward contemporary concerns and working methods related to sculpture”.


The eight pieces exhibited in NOT A SINGLE STORY featured Maud Sulter, Georgia O'Keefe, Barbara Kruger, Bridget Riley, Madame Lebrun, Rosemary Trockel, Claudette Johnson and Frida Kahlo. Photo: Fanyana Hlabangane, 2018. Photogragh: Fanyana Hlabangane The eight pieces exhibited in ‘NOT A SINGLE STORY’ featured Maud Sulter, Georgia O’Keefe, Barbara Kruger, Bridget Riley, Madame Lebrun, Rosemary Trockel, Claudette Johnson and Frida Kahlo. Photograph: Fanyana Hlabangane


The following artists will be showcasing this year;  Jane Alexander (SA), Beth Armstrong (SA), Lena Cronqvist (SE),Latifa Echakhch (MR/FR), Frances Goodman (SA), Lungiswa Gqunta (SA), Lubaina Himid (Zanzibar/UK),Bronwyn Katz (SA), Marcia Kure (NGR), Gunilla Klingberg & Peter Geschwind (SE), Marianne Lindberg De Geer (SE), Mwangi Hutter (KEN/GE), Esther Mahlungu (SA), Whitney McVeigh (US), Nandipha Mntambo (SA), Sethembile Msezane (SA), Zanele Muholi (SA), Caroline Mårtensson (SE), Yoko Ono (JPN/US), Claudette Schreuders (SA), Mary Sibande (SA), Rachel Tess (US/SE), Ayanna V Jackson (US),Sophia van Wyk (SA), Nelisawe Xaba (SA).


‘NOT A SINGLE STORY’ is NIROX Sculpture Park’s 2018 Winter Exhibition. It is hosted until 29 July in the Cradle of Humankind.

Sara Moneer Khan is a writer on ART AFRICA‘s editorial team.

FEATURED IMAGE: “NOT A SINGLE STORY is a predominatly outdoor sculptural show and the inclusion of Vernet’s Studio, enriches the exhibition with the inclusion of indoor works. Photo: Fanyana Hlabangane, 2018”. Photogragh: Fanyana Hlabangane

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