Art Week’s daring new darling
Zaza Hlalethwa 13 Sep 2019 00:00
In the two years that she has been in the game, 24-year-old conceptual photographer Lunga Ntila’s name has been synonymous with the practice of distortion. Armed with a Nikon D5200 camera, natural light, a fabric backdrop and Adobe Photoshop, Ntila takes what Australian photographer Sorelle Amore refers to as the advanced selfie and places it in the territories of collage-making as well as expressionism and cubism.
She takes a photograph of her face, then cuts, deletes, duplicates, elongates and pastes features where they do not belong. The result is a body of work titled Ukuzilanda.
The Zeitgeist Exhibition | The Present is the Future
Phendu Kuta | August 3, 2019
The Zeitgeist is an exhibition and showcase currently showing at BKhz gallery and studio curated by the founder and visual artist Banele Khoza. Khoza's background in fashion and his awareness of the evolution of the fashion industry influenced creating the exhibition.
"I started noticing the fact that ready-to-wear has become more prominent, especially in the South African context. And even internationally with less design houses doing couture, whereas couture is normally the front-face of a brand. Then I started looking into South Africa and noticed that designers are now focusing on ready-to-wear and what will look good if its worn by someone such as an influencer or a celebrity. And then for me, that immediately signaled the idea of the death of couture and I felt like whoa, that can't be happening.
Designers have mentioned that there is no market for couture, like yes, you can do it, but no one is redefining couture. And then I had the question; how do you facilitate a space for that?"
Representations of the nude with BKhz’s ‘Metamorphosis’
by Marcia Elizabeth / 29 JULY 2019
Just over a week ago I entered through the door of BKhz. From the moment the two shows, The Zeitgeist curated by Banele Khoza and Metamorphosis curated by Nkhensani Mkhari opened to he public there was a steady movement of bodies entering the space. We watched two models as they performed for The Zeitgeist. In the back room as you walk in you are instantly halted by the larger than life photographic representation of a femme nude by Jody Brand. Engaging with Metamorphosisis cathartic as you are reminded of what you are when stripped down to your essence–our bodies are sleeves. Beautiful vessels that carry our souls… our bodies are in a constant state of change.
Banele Khoza – The Painter of Love
by Marcia Elizabeth / 2 MONTHS AGO
Banele Khoza’s figurative abstraction depicts colourful portraits of the male nude—obscure ghostly figures in a palette of mostly pink and blue. The acrylic pigments are combined and blurred together in fervent brushstrokes that seem to be applied with acute sensitivity, but also a sense of the uninhibited. They bleed and drip into empty spaces, while pencil sketch marks reveal compositional form.
BKhz’s ‘Process’ // Ways of Becoming
GEMMA HART / 2 MONTHS AGO
he process of process includes not only emerging and quantifiable forms, but also the intellectual, emotional, and tangible experience of process which is not necessarily sequential.
– Jack Richardson and Sydney Walker (2011)
Fluid brushstrokes of grey and green abstraction punctuate pastel-pink walls. Adjacent blank canvases lie in wait for the artist’s hand. The sound of a saw and casual conversation reverberates through the space. A constellation of clamps, chisels, and hammers are peppered by wood flakes and off-cuts – encircling a map of making. BKhz is in a state of process. Reminiscent of Deleuze’s philosophical concept of ‘becoming’, the ongoing and ever developing show is rooted in artists’ practice.
BKhz Gallery’s ‘Process’ Exhibition with Iconic Artists
BY: TYRONE FISHER | 18 JUNE, 2019 | BETWEEN 10and5
In keeping with their primary objective to provide an alternative exhibition space to emerging and established artists, Braamfontein gallery BKhz hosted the aptly titled Process. The exhibition stems from an intrigue with the manner in which visual artists create worlds through their practice.
In this exhibition, the artists, including Lady $kollie, Mashudu Nevhutalu, Chris Soal, Sharon Moses, Allen Laing, Ke Neil We, XiaoCheng Hu, Tatenda Chidora and Matt Hazell were requested to engage the space by creating works that highlighted their process.
Banele Khoza explains his conceptual space in braamfontein
BY: GARRETH VAN NIEKERK | 05 SEPTEMBER, 2018 | HOUSE AND LEISURE
Artist Banele Khoza recently opened up his own space, BKhz, in Braamfontein – an exciting mix of design from neighbouring designers in the suburb, alongside a collection of his own artworks, and group exhibitions created via ongoing collaborations with other artists and friends. House and Leisure caught up with Banele this week to better understand his multifaceted approach to the space.
Creating Spaces with South African Artist Banele Khoza
BY: PROTOCHIC | 30 AUGUST, 2018 | PROTOCHIC
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Contemporary artist Banele Khoza opened his design workshop and art gallery BKhz Studio earlier this month at 68 Juta Street right off the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein. Describing the opening of this creative space as a "12 year prayer, dream and goal," Khoza sheds light on the significance of black ownership within a country fraught with historic racial inequity
BKhz studio beckons to passers-by
BY: ZAZA HLALETHWA | 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 | MAIL AND GUARDIAN
‘Can I just call it a space? Perhaps it’s a mixture of a gallery, a studio and a project space. I don’t know the actual answer to this question yet.”
It is just after 09:30 on a Thursday morning and this is the first thing fine artist Banele Khoza says when asked what he would call his new creative space.
A Letter To My 22-Year-Old Self
BY: CREATIVE FEEL
Through an eye-opening new exhibition at the Absa Gallery from 11 November 2018 to 25 January 2019, Banele Khoza shines the light on the difficulties experienced by young creatives trying to obtain an education and start their careers. One of the most promising artists to have come out of the Absa L’Atelier art competition in recent years, Khoza has curated a group exhibition that will give the next generation hope and see the development of a new foundation to provide financial help and guidance to young creatives.
Exhibition at Absa Art Gallery aims to help struggling artists
BY: CITIZEN REPORTER | 6 DECEMBER, 2018 | THE CITIZEN
A multifaceted exhibition rooted in one of the most pressing challenges facing South Africa today – the support and empowerment of young creative artists – is currently being presented at the Absa art gallery.
Titled A Letter to My 22-year-old Self, the exhibition speaks to the moving personal story of Absa L’Atelier award winner Banele Khoza and his struggle to find his way as a young artist and financially support himself through his passion.
SA artists get behind Banele Khoza’s vision to help young creative artists in new Absa Gallery showcase
BY: STAFF REPORTER | 06 NOVEMBER, 2018 | CITY BUZZ
The Absa Gallery will round off a successful year with a multifaceted exhibition rooted in one of the most pressing challenges facing South Africa today – the support and empowerment of young creative artists. Titled, A letter to my 22-year-old self, the exhibition speaks to the moving personal story of Absa L’Atelier award winner, Banele Khoza and his struggle to find his way as a young artist and financially support himself through his passion.