Baked Earth

As one of South Africa’s foremost ceramic artists, Imiso‘s Andile Dyalvane is a name on many a creative mind’s lips. His new show, ‘Idlala’, to open at Southern Guild Cape Town in September, follows a premiere in New York with the solo ‘Camagu’ at the Friedman Benda gallery. The exhibition will coincide with the highly-anticipated opening of Zeitz MOCAA – Africa’s first contemporary art museum.

Idladla is a study and exploration of scope, scale and texture. Gently rounded terracotta forms marked with precise incisions, handprints and motifs, follow a strong architectural focus. Andile, inspired by parallels in form and medium – as distant from each other as upstate New York and Mali – reveals a noted evolution of the angular vessels of his previous show. The works capture Andile’s visceral vernacular and continual experimentation with clay. Each piece pivots around his central values of cultural preservation and gratitude. Idladla is a ‘reminder of what we’ve lost but also of what can still be saved,’ he says.

‘Andile’s work is most compelling in that it is grounded in its tribute to the earth and simultaneously shaped by a lifelong affinity with clay and the story of time, space and process’, says Trevyn McGowan, co-founder of Southern Guild.

‘His deeply personal connection to the medium is very evocative,’ – Trevyn McGowan

Idladla runs from 14 September to 11 October at Southern Guild Cape Town.

Visit the exhibition space at Shop 5B, Silo 5, V&A Waterfront. For more information contact

Photography Courtesy of Southern Guild