Cue’s must-see: Visual art

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Amidst the mad rush to secure show tickets, find venues, link up with friends, try out new food stalls at the Village Green, keep warm AND stay abreast of all the hottest Festival productions, you’re going to need to slow it down a bit and take some time to yourself.
The Fringe programme’s visual art showings provide the perfect opportunity for you to do just that.

A fantastic collection of diverse artworks are available for your viewing pleasure, and admissions are free.

If you’re stuck waiting between shows, in the mood for something different, or just yearning to appreciate the beauty of various visual masterpieces, then make use of Cue’s top five list of the exhibitions we think you have to check out while out and about.

AFROFUTURISM FANTASIES AND OTHER STORIES, THE PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE REMIXED
Drawings, sculpture, fabric art, paintings, printmaking 

Afrofuturism fantasies. Photo: Supplied

The Johan Carinus Art Centre presents the work of its Grade 10 – 12 learners, who offer a lively range of art pieces that explore different concepts. Topics include identity and social issues – with artworks executed using techniques such as ceramics, mixed media sculpture, printmaking, textiles, and painting. Go and enjoy the imaginative offerings of young artists from the following Grahamstown feeder schools: Graeme College, Victoria Girls High, PJ Olivier Hoërskool and Ntsika Secondary High School.
Open from 09:00 – 17:00 at Carinus Annex, Donkin Street

EXPLOITATION!
Drawings, Paintings, Photographs, Installation, Video

Exploitation!
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The always-daring Heidi Sincuba brings Exploitation! to Festival this year. Sincuba plays with paintings, collages, installation and film. With sex as her departure point, audiences will get to experience a risky response to toxicity and erasure. Sincuba challenges the everyday violence of patriarchy, by inventing new speculative spaces and radical rhythms as a means of liberation. This one is not to be missed.
Open from 09:00 – 17:00 at The Studio Gallery, Rhodes Fine Art Department, Somerset Street

CONVERGE
Paintings, sculpture, installation, video and performance

Converge
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Curators Brunn Kramer and Ruth Simbao, in collaboration with the Arts of Africa and Global Souths Research Team, have put together artworks from different parts of the African continent. Performers from South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania present Converge to rediscover the dynamic ways our ideas come together and influence one another.
Open from 09:00 – 17:00 at Raw Spot Gallery, 5 Rhodes Avenue (Cnr Lucas Avenue)

FEES MUST FALL
Sculpture, hand crafts, ceramics, wood cuts

Fees Must Fall
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The Wandile Fine Arts consortium brings together the works of Wandile Ntlanganiso, Mafuzandile Solombela, Nosikhumbuzo Khabane, Simphiwe Lalisile, and Solomzi Mjayezi. Fees Must Fall opens ups a free creative platform for artists, youth and women to exhibit original work. This exhibition is about ritual, history, and indigeneity. This exhibition is about voice. With the tagline “To create an opportunity for our youth to visualise better”, Fees Must Fall invites different tribes, groups, producers, directors and individual artists to share ideas, and to create a deeper understanding about the things that matter to them.
Open from 09:00 – 17:00 at Albany Science Museum, Somerset Street

UBUKHO BE NDODA: DEMYSTIFYING THE PHALLUS OF MAN
Photography, sculpture, performance art, video art

UBUKHO BE NDODA
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Mzoxolo ‘X’ Mayongo, together with the OCD23 cast, uses a multi-media installation to unpack vulnerable forms of masculinity. The exhibition asks: What are the functions of masculinity? It challenges a problematic patriarchal system that has perpetually benefited the position of men in different spheres of society.
Open from 09:00 – 17:00 at Albany Science Museum, Somerset Street

By Anima McBrown

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