Gallery MOMO presents Africa Without Borders, an exhibition by Adolf Tega. The exhibit is held in tandem with War of the Roses, an exhibition by Raél Jero Salley.
The paintings in this series speak to utopias both real and imagined. Mwanawehvu (Son of the Soil) and After the Step Down commemorate Robert Mugabe’s resignation after three decades in power. Long-awaited celebration in the streets of Harare saw utopia as a real, if fleeting, possibility. But, as always, utopias are short-lived; the military coup did little to stabilise the economy, repair fractured relationships, or make structural changes in governmental rule. In Tega’s paintings, faces and bodies exercise tension as much as celebration; the collective mood oscillates between hope and uncertainty, anticipation and dissipation.
As its title implies, the utopia envisioned in Africa Without Borders remains unstable and unrealised. Nevertheless, against the backdrop of inter-state conflict and xenophobic violence, Tega memorialises small moments in which human connection triumphs over nihilism, and, perhaps, encourages us to hold out hope for a world to come.
In 1985 Adolf Tega is born in Harare, Zimbabwe. At the age of ten, inspired by his uncle and brother who are also artists, he starts making art. Tega studied art at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, where he had his first group show. In 2008 he moves to South Africa, and thereafter joins the Good Hope Art Studio. In 2012 Tega produces his first solo show for AVA Gallery in Cape Town, and his second for World Art in 2014. Tega’s work can be found in several institutional and private collections, including Spier and the University of Cape Town. Recently, Tega was chosen for Nando’s Creative Exchange 2020, followed by an exhibition at Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival.
Those interested are invited to join on the opening night at 6pm.
Venue: Gallery MOMO. 16 Buiten St, Ground Floor, Cape Town
Time: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm | Sat 9am to 4pm
Tel: 021 424 5140
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