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Group Exhibition: The Old Manor House, Spier Wine Farm
Curated by Kefiloe Siwisa
An exhibition featuring leading South African artists, curated by Kefiloe Siwisa in collaboration with Spier Arts Trust, currently on show at our Manor House.
Works by artists including Athi Patra-Ruga, Billie Zangewa, Thandiwe Msebenzi, and Igshaan Adams will be showcased for a year in this historic space, along with excerpts from interviews with some of the featured artists.
“In a sense, the selected artists become occupants, the building’s second skin,” explains Siwisa. “The works have been selected to challenge the Manor House’s spatial history, exploring and acknowledging the physical and psychological impact of colonial architecture and how it sits in this moment of postcolonial movement, making, and transformations.”
The works invite viewers to consider the complexities of heritage preservation, recent appropriations, and repurposing of colonial sites. Siwisa adds: “These works cannot be asked to heal the spirit of the place but rather they can bear witness to the weight of the past and carry new dialogues into the present.”