Stanislaw Trzebinski’s first solo exhibition with Southern Guild is an otherworldly homage to East Africa’s ocean.
It is an immersive collection of functional bronze sculpture inspired by his lifelong fascination with the ocean.
Stanislaw grew up in Nairobi, Kenya in a richly creative household. He spent his weekends in and by the ocean- inspiring a reverence for nature that has stayed with the artist ever since.
Our indifference towards nature is the biggest threat to humans, he says. “We know so little about our oceans, yet we are destroying them at such a fast rate. We don’t even know what we’re losing.” It is that sense of the unknown, the unexplored parts of the ocean and as-yet undiscovered life forms, that Stanislaw’s sculptures beckon to. Light is a recurring theme in the collection and many of the pieces include small LED lights that create the effect of bioluminescence.
Stanislaw has chosen to donate a percentage of the sales from this exhibition to Local Ocean Conservation, a Kenyan not-for-profit organisation that works to protect the country’s marine environment through ocean conservation, education and outreach programmes. It focuses on the protection, rescue and rehabilitation of turtles on Kenya’s southern coast and in the Watamu Marine National Park and Reserve, where Stanislaw fished, snorkeled and kite-surfed as a child.
Venue: Southern Guild, Silo 5, Unit 5B, South Arm Road, Silo District, V&A Waterfront
Time: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm | Saturday and public holidays 10am to 2pm