tête-à-tête positions the exhibition as the culmination of a series of intimate conversations, or back-and-forth exchanges that take place during the process of thinking about, making and showing art. From the initial internal dialogues that take place between the artists and their materials, canvas, concept and ultimately the self, to the discussions artists have with each other, visitors and curators as works grow from intangible ideas into physical artwork. Finally, there is the silent communication between (absent) artist/artwork and the viewer when the work eventually finds its place on a wall or a plinth, exhibited alongside other artworks with their continuous and lively conversations between colour, form and concepts.
Bag Factory Artists‘ Studios is a space that nurtures communities of inspiration. Over the years, this ethos has become ingrained in the development and mentorship of emerging artists by the more established, which is evident in the juxtapositioning of different generations of artists, and the threads that connect them. It is through daily glimpses into open studio doors, engagements that challenge, affirm and provoke each artis’s sensibility, and negotiation between individual artists and collective organisations, that the Bag Factory finds its truly unique expression.
Featured artists include: Asuka Nirasawa, Bev Butkow, Danny Myburgh, Diana Hyslop, Gail Behrmann, Kagiso Patrick Mautloa, Lwando Dlamini, Malebona Maphutse, Olivia Botha, Phemo Matlhabe, Phumulani Ntuli, Richard Ndimande, Simphiwe Buthelezi, Thonton Kabeya, Usha Seejarim and Zen Marie.
Curators: Candice Allison and Tiina Liebenberg