As retailers and malls around the world have come under pressure due to the growth of online shopping – and with changing consumer shopping habits reshaping the retail world – shopping malls are having to re-invent themselves and become lifestyle and event destinations. From 11–29 October, Mall of Africa, one of Africa’s largest malls ever built in a single phase, is offering its visitors an all-around enterprising experience: Shop, dine, wine and view extraordinary artworks in its first-ever Art Collective; a group contemporary art exhibition.
The works of 30 talented up-and-coming and established artists, mostly South African, will be exhibited on Level 5 in the Crystal Court & Town Square. Paintings and sculptures with a focus on a variety of subjects, including the subconscious, science and religion, township life, politics and social upheaval, nature, time and hope, will be on display. The artworks, made using a wide variety of materials, methods and styles, including abstract expressionism, realism and perfectionism, give shoppers the chance to explore a profusion of local talent and creativity. New movements, including Barcode (one of the signature features of the Superblur movement that originated from the concept that in today’s world, everything seems to be barcoded) and Caturism (where the natural structure of a subject is broken down and emphasised in lines).
Artists participating in Mall of Africa’s Art Collective include Alex Krenz, Dario Mangate, Berjolais Pozniak, Anelle Steyn, Ayanda Mabulu, Shereen Lurie, Braam Naude, Linda Hanna, McCloud Simango, Conrad Bo, Vincent Mbeje, Splash Motong, TI Mkhwanazi, Khotso Kupi, Dbongz Mahlathi, Siyabonga Mlambi, Simphiwe Mlangeni, Oni Mkoki, Eric Sher, Loayo and Mbulelo Mabuto. (Most South Africans will be aware of Ayanda Mabulu, who came to the public’s attention a few years ago with his critical and controversial works of President Jacob Zuma.) Sculptors whose work will be on display include Cecelia Wilmont, Rohan Janse van Vuuren, Cobus Haupt and Melanie van Zyl.
A number of the artists will be at Mall of Africa during weekends to discuss their works and the stories behind their inspiration with customers, who will also be able to buy any pieces that catch their eye.
Visitors who have always fancied the idea of being immortalised in a work of art can have their portraits done by artist Barry Fisher, who specialises in realism and hyperrealism portraits. Alternatively, should time be an issue, customers who can’t sit for a portrait can give Fisher a great-quality photograph that he can use as reference and they can collect their portrait at a time that is convenient for them. (Barry Fisher will be at Mall of Africa every day except Mondays.)
For more information on the Art Collective, please contact Leigh Rein on +27 83 267 5567; email email@example.com.
Mall of Africa trading hours:
Monday – Saturday: 9am-8pm
Sunday and public holidays: 10am–8pm. For more information visit mallofafrica.co.za/events.