Kabelo Kim Modise to Exhibit At the NAGN

Well-known artist Kabelo Modise will stage his exhibition titled ‘Line of Duty’ at the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) during the month of June.

The exhibition will open of Thursday, 5 June at 18h30 in the Main Gallery.

Modise, who was born in Francistown Botswana, obtained a Diploma in Visual Arts from the University of Namibia (Unam) in 2007 and has since worked as an arts instructor, teacher and lecturer in schools and tertiary institution in both Botswana and Namibia. He is currently a textile lecturer at the College of the Arts (Cota).

Modise has been very active on the Namibian art scene and has taken part in over 15 exhibition since graduating, with artist residencies at studios in South Africa and at the Caribbean Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Trinidad and Tobago.

The exhibition will comprise black and white analogue photography as well as linocut prints, made from a sheet of linoleum into which a design has been cut in relief.

Cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, the raised (un-carved) areas represent a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show when printed. The parts of the design which are not printed are cut away. The plate is inked up, usually by a roller, and then transferred to the paper using direct pressure. The part of the block that is cut away surrounds the part that will read as the image. The printing is called direct pressure as the plate is in direct contact with the paper.

The title ‘Line of Duty’ derives from the way Modise works with lines which he has made his iconography. “I have also engaged freedom fighters such as the Founding Father Sam Nujoma and the former Robben Island prisoner Nelson Mandela as a way to emphasise my theme for the exhibition. They have both accomplished their duties as freedom fighters, as liberators, as presidents and so on. Their line of duty is g and visible to the world at large,” said Kabelo.

Source : The Namibian