The AVA Gallery in partnership with Spier, is Cape Town’s oldest non-profit, members based, public benefit organisation and art gallery, showcasing contemporary South African art in all media. The AVA Gallery is committed to the promotion and advancement of visual arts, artists, curators and cultural capital in South Africa. At this years’ FNB JoburgArtFair 2015 the AVA Gallery booth will host the works of emerging South African artists Siwa Mgoboza, Bonolo Kavula, Thania Petersen and Laura Windvoger (aka Lady Skollie)
Siwa Mgoboza born 1993 in Cape Town is currently completing his final year in a BA Fine Art, majoring in Painting, at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT. Having been raised in abroad for most of his life, the work of Mgoboza deals with the exploration of the globalized African sense of self, a Western upbringing and the luminal space where these identities exist. The work examines the construction of identity and tangled relationship between Africa and the West and their respective histories. Mgoboza describes himself as a ‘post post-colonial’ hybrid, questioning the meaning of culture and national definitions.
Laura Windvogel under the pseudonym of Lady Skollie, history of art graduate, Laura Windvogel produces watercolours, photographs and contribution based projects that explore gender, sex, sexuality and relationship dynamics. Using her own struggles with perceptions of romantic and sexual relations between men and women, Windvogel wants the viewer to admit to their own reservations and boundaries within everyday human interaction.
Thania Petersen, born in Cape Town in 1980 schooled in both South Africa and the UK due to her father being politically exiled during apartheid. After finishing her A-levels she attended Central Saint Martins college of Art. In 2004 she moved to Zimbabwe for a year to fulfil an apprenticeship in stone sculpture. In 2005 she moved to South Korea to work with renowned Korean ceramist Hwang Yea Sook and participated in the South Korean Ceramic Biennale, the largest and one of the most prestigious art events in Asia. She also returned to the UK regularly over a space of 7 years to work as the resident painter for Yaa Asantewa Arts Group for the Nottinghill Gate Carnival. In 2007 Thania returned to Cape Town where she started a family, opened a bookshop/ junkshop/ coffee shop. In 2015 she decided to start her art again and showcased her latest work with Brundyn at the Cape Town Art Fair. Her work has received much attention since and currently exhibited at the AVA.