24 April 2011

The Bank Holiday: Art & Food

it's very rare that Mr Naturalbelle and I get to share a Saturday together in the sunshine (I work Saturdays and it is usually raining). however this Saturday we enjoyed a great day roaming around Kensington and Chelsea, we ate feijoada at the farmer's market,  the Mr got a haircut and we went to the V&A one of our favourite places to visit to see Figures and Fictions, a contemporary photography exhibition, showcasing some the best south African photographer's and artists.

'Martin Machapa' (from the series Beulahs), 2010. © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

Zanele Muholi

the show was great (perhaps a little to small) by the time I got to the end I felt like I could go round again. The mix of vibrant hopeful images played against images of hardship and struggle in South Africa. 
Zanele Muholi who calls herself a visual activist, highlights gay, lesbian, and transgender issues in South Africa, images are vibrant and provoking, they play with tradition and gender.
I also enjoyed Berni Searles work, the V&A exhibited her piece 'once removed' a triptych of the artist herself semi naked and being stained gradually. the image's immediately made me think of anthropology as most images of naked black people do (does this make me strange?) I'm also a huge fan of self portraiture, (my outfit of the day post's are not just all vanity).  portraiture as a whole ran through the exhibition, of the self or of other the exhibition highlighted what make's South Africa ( and most places) the people.

once removed by Berni Searle

another favourite of mine was Nontsikelelo Veleko, in essence a street style photographer, making the work of blogger's across globe the seem less about fashion and more about a time in history her series 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' show images of south Africa's born free generation. 

Nontsikelelo Veleko

photo's by Nontsikelelo Veleko

other highlight included the work or Graeme Williams and his series 'the edge of town'

 check out more on the artists here
after the show we headed to The Trafalgar on the Kings Road, for a 'light lunch' of fish and chips, calamari, whitebait........good I'm full just thinking about it!

Belle and Mr Naturalbelle
Mr Naturalbelle's new hair cut! 


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