Spier presents ‘I See U: Imagining a Space for Freedom’, an exhibition featuring more than 35 works from the Spier Collection.
Celebrating 25 years of South Africa’s democracy, the works – by artists such as Athi-Patra Ruga, Helen Sebidi and Ricky Ayanda Dyaloyi – encompass painting, sculpture, photography, beadwork and drawing. Together they illustrate the importance of art to catalyse change, hold the powerful to account, and give a voice to the voiceless.
The artists selected for the exhibition honour the struggles of the past and take stock of the tumultuous present, inviting the viewers to imagine a more equal, prosperous and just South African future.
The phrase ‘I see U’ has become a short form often used on social media to give recognition and support — to connect and to acknowledge someone’s achievements in spite of the challenges they face. It originated in the blockbuster film, Avatar, and has become popular, especially among young people, who often use ‘U’ instead of ‘You’. By using this, the exhibition offers a reminder of the young age of our democracy.
The exhibition is only open on select dates. To be sure of when it is open for viewing, check Spier’s Calendar.
The Spier Arts Trust, established to generate shared value for the makers and buyers of South African art, curates art portfolios and manages visual arts projects. They further facilitate collaboration as well as growth opportunities for visual artists and artisans in South Africa.
Venue: Old Wine Cellar, Spier Wine Farm, R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch
Time: 9am to 5pm