PAINTING WITH THE TIMESby Morrel Shilenge / 20.11.2015
Esther ‘Gogo’ Mahlangu’s latest exhibition
Still using traditional materials, such as twigs, feathers and natural paints, Esther ‘Gogo’ Mahlangu has exhibited all around the world and painted almost everything from houses, cars, shoes and even skateboard decks in traditional Ndebele geometric prints. One of the first artists to transfer traditional Ndebele designs to canvas and other mediums, Gogo is considered an art pioneer.
Esther, fondly known as ‘Gogo’, is believed to be the most important Ndebele artist working today and is best known for catapulting the Ndebele people’s culture through her creative promotion of traditional art forms. Last week was a momentous occasion in her career and a celebration of work of a life of impact…
The young, the old and the mildly alternative gathered to celebrate Gogo’s latest exhibition titled ‘Esther Mahlangu 80’ which opened at the UCT Irma Stern Museum on the 11 November 2015 on her 80th birthday. The exhibition is a celebration and a collection of recent paintings and three-dimensional works. It also features her latest sneaker collaboration with Swedish Design House, EYTYS, which was launched at Paris Fashion week in June and will be available at high end fashion outlets in New York, Paris and Milan in 2016.
Gogo still lives in Mabhoko Village in KwaMlanga, Mpumalanga and at 80 years old is still influencing runways and the world. #rollingwiththetimes
The exhibition will run until 2 December 2015 at the UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cecil road, Rosebank, Cape Town. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 10h00-17h00, Sat 10h00-14h00. Give Gogo a birthday gift and go and check it out. Read the full story on Esther ‘Gogo’ Mahlangu here: www.mahala.co.za/art/ndebele-art-lives-on
Images © Morrel Shilenge