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South African comic creators Anwar Davids and Graeme Arendse are two of the three artists exhibiting their fine-art work at the exhibition Son Of A Mantis, which is curated by Grant Jurius, the third artist in the group, whose focus is fine art and street art.

The title is a reference to an ancient Khoi folk tale called The Son Of The Mantis (!Gaunu-Tsaxau).

Exhibition: Son Of A Mantis, Cape Town

From the exhibition notes:

"This exhibition of drawing, painting, and sound looks at the importance of art, music, painting, and storytelling within our cultural history, specifically from an African perspective. As African artists who spring from mixed heritage within the Cape Town context, we want to keep in mind the practices of not only our forefathers but those who have reaped from this continent since ancient times. From the period when indigenous peoples were living freely off the land, to colonial times where art, music, and storytelling persist as a means to survive culturally as human beings.

The act of sitting around a fire, conveying stories and myths; making music and spoken word poetry; painting and making pictures require as little resources now as they did in ancient Africa. Even with advanced technology and tools, maintaining the Spirit of these practices is important. It is an exhibition to honour our ancestors of the Land who have left behind traces of rock art, spiritual books and ancient rhythms. These are forms we still enjoy today with modern tools like spray cans for graffiti, instruments in music and folklores and tales adapted to the present. These are things that keep an ever evolving African culture afloat against the grain of struggle."

The exhibition is on at The Drawing Room, where Open Art Cape Town frequently gathers on Saturdays for sketch meetups, until 17 December 2016.

• When: Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 18:30 to 20:30 (opening); Thursday, 17 November 2016, to Saturday, 17 December 2016, 08:00 to 17:00 (weekdays), 09:00 to 15:00 (Saturdays)
• Where: The Drawing Room, 87 Station Road, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
• Cost: Free
• More Details: Son Of A Mantis, Facebook Launch Event

Anwar Davids: Blog, Behance, Instagram
Graeme Arendse: Chimurenga Chronic, Facebook
The Drawing Room: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter


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