Guns & Rain presents five artists during Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2023: Aneesah Girie, Ann Gollifer, Nicola Brandt, Sizwe Sama Sibisi, and Sky Salanje.
Aneesah Girie’s manipulated hijab material considers the representation of gendered Muslim personhood and domesticity. Re-presenting the hijab or Muslim veil and transforming worn scarves passed down through her family, Aneesah Girie explores ideas around materiality to address misconceptions about the lived experiences of Muslim women in her community.
The complex entanglements of history, place, identity, and belonging are at the heart of Ann Gollifer’s work. Her art draws on her South American, British, and African heritage and shared histories of conquest and colonialism. Gollifer makes her watercolor painting herself, using earth pigments collected from around Botswana.
Nicola Brandt is a Namibian-born, multidisciplinary artist. Brandt’s work is characterised by her large-scale photographs, installation, and multiscreen video works. The artist is invested in the stories of her country, where she has turned to the land as a vessel for memories. Her latest work explores the relationship between power, imperial capitalism, desire, and destruction.
Sizwe Sama Sibisi is a self-taught textile artist born in 1986 in South Africa. His art-making process begins by manually hand-stitching each fabric to create an image. His art primarily celebrates the queer community as well as single mothers. Being raised by a single mother has allowed the artist to understand their strength, tenacity, and beauty.
Sky Salanje has been a prolific commentator on life and character in Zimbabwe for years. Obsessed with portraiture, real or imagined, his paintings – ranging from miniature to large – shed light on individual personalities and the quirks of human nature. They build a narrative about the moral economy, normative attitudes, and behavioral modes of a country with a complex socio-political history.
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