I am because you are: A search for Ubuntu with permission to dream | 2 February until 31 March 2018

The Standard Bank Gallery has joined hands with renowned artist and curator, Usha Seejarim to present a thought provoking and boldly curated exhibition titled, I am because you are:  A search for Ubuntu with Permission to dream.

The exhibition comprises 52 works of art, from the bank’s corporate art collection, by leading contemporary and modern South African artists.

These include historic drawings by Dumile Feni, the striking work of Diane Victor, and a number of iconic works by William Kentridge. There are also the poignant pictures of the late great, Thami Mnyele, young creatives like Hasan and Husain Essop, along with the works of Alan Crump, and other great artists.

The work on exhibition is presented against the backdrop of South Africa’s current socio-political context which includes the twenty-four years of democracy as a nation, and what would have been Nelson Mandela’s centenary -  hence the inclusion of Johannes Segogela’s Mandela’s Birthday Party. The palpable greed in our political arena for instance, is illustrated in images such as The Minister of Enterprise by Kudzanai Chiurai.

The exhibition: I am because you are: A search for Ubuntu with permission to dream aims to encourage its viewers to contemplate the African values of Ubuntu in the context of South Africa’s contemporary conditions.

This exhibition is part of Standard Bank’s continued partnership with leading South African curators to present thought provoking exhibitions at its Gallery.

It also is a unique opportunity to study the depth of the Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection which is one of the most comprehensive repositories of South African art, comprising over 1200 works by over 250 artists.

Can stepping into a gallery help a student step up?

Across South Africa there are thousands of talented and ambitious young artists waiting to set the arts and culture world alight.  All they need to take the next step up is education that propels them to greatness -  and you can help.  Simply by stepping through the doors of the gallery, and checking-in online using #Search4Ubuntu we are committing funding towards a student’s education through Feenix.org – the student funding platform for tertiary education.

The exhibition takes place at the Standard Bank Gallery from 2 February until 31 March 2018. Entrance to the exhibition is free.

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