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Installation and Group Exhibition on the human relationship with numbers

Keneilwe Mokoena, A Fine Art Graduate from the Tswhane University of Technology, is the curator of the ‘Numbers’ Exhibition at Hazard Galley. The gallery, located in the trendy Maboneng precint of Johannesburg, seeks to uplift up and coming African artists.

Mokoena, who also practices as a fine artist, will have artwork featured in the two-part exhibition set to take place on the 4thof August. Artists featured in the group exhibition include Zubaidah Adams, Cow Mash, and Helena Uambembe.

On curating ‘Numbers’, Mokoena describes the theme as “the fundamental language of the universe…Our existence is governed by numbers; the numerical scales with which we measure space and time, how we assign economic value, how we measure self worth and even how we count followers and likes.

Exhibition details, courtesy of Keneilwe Mokoena.

To make possible the exhibition, Mokoena in partnership with artist Naledi Chai started a crowd funding campaign, EXHIBID Exhibition Fund. Thus far, the project has been self-funded. Campaign funds will finance material costs for the installation and event-related logistics. The pair is hosting an exclusive preview party on the 6th of July, where funders will be rewarded with preview excerpts of the exhibition and other rewards including artworks music and zines.

EXHIBID aims to reach the target of R50 000 by the 21st of July. So far, their campaign has raised just short of R5000 on crowdfunding platform Thundafund. With the campaign, the artists hope to convey the importance of crowdfunding in “help[ing] artists sell their work in order to use that money to create more art…It’s not a charity system, but more like an exchange/trade system” says Mokoena.

Featured Image: Lichen, Keneilwe Mokoena, courtesy of the artist.


Tshepang Pooe is an intern at ART AFRICA. 

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