Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006

About

Sam Nhlengethwa’s solo exhibition entitled ‘Townships revisited’ opened on 11 November 2006 at The Goodman Gallery. Along with Nhlengethwa’s work, the monograph entitled Sam Nhlengethwa the Goodman Gallery Editions publication will be launched. This was the first comprehensive publication about Sam Nhlengethwa’s life and artworks.

For the exhibition Nhlengethwa has chosen to focus on the theme of townships around South Africa. Historically townships were under-developed urban residential areas created for non-whites by the apartheid government. They were places of riots, unrest and violence. Townships were also places of great music, fashion and style. They were ‘monumentalized’ in the paintings of Gerard Sekoto and George Pemba. Sekoto and Pemba’s depictions of the townships have inspired Nhlengethwa’s work.

Nhlengethwa was interested to see how life in the various townships of South Africa had changes over the years. Whist working on this series of artworks Nhlengethwa revisited and photographed various South African areas and townships. He visited townships in the Western Cape; KwaZulu Natal; Free State; North West and Gauteng. Nhlengethwa describes how ‘as autumn set in 2005, I embarked on the townships project. As part of my research, I visited different townships in the six provinces. I discovered during my research that each of the townships I covered has its own character depending on where it is’. Nhlengethwa describes townships situated near Metropolitan cities as different from townships that are near less densely populated towns and rural areas. They have a more ‘hybrid’ character that is fast-pacing and one cannot clearly distinguish an origin or cultural essence. Townships, generally speaking, have similar infra-structure and architecture. Life-style is casual and vibrant as portrayed by the different characters in the artworks on exhibition.

As an artist working primarily with the techniques of collage and montage, Nhlengethwa has focused on using his own photographs to recreate these township scenes. Moving away from his earlier canvas works, Nhlengethwa’s new collage works are mainly on paper, which are accompanied by a new series of prints. Nhlengethwa’s new series of work gives the public a glimpse of life in the different townships.

The exhibition ran at The Goodman Gallery from the 11th of November through till the 2nd of December 2006.

  • Kwa Mashu, KZN

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Kwa Mashu, KZN, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    82 x 79cm

  • Self-portrait

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Self-portrait, 2006

    Mixed media on canvas

    40 x 40cm

  • Mamelodi

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Mamelodi, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    70 x 100cm

  • Spearville, Barberton

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Spearville, Barberton, 2006

    Mixed media on canvas

    88 x 147cm

  • Umlazi Section B, KZN

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Umlazi Section B, KZN, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    88 x 147cm

  • Welcome to Nyanga, Western Cape

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Welcome to Nyanga, Western Cape, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    122 x 140cm

  • Brandfort

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Brandfort, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    40 x 51cm

  • Emhluzi, Mpumalanga

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Emhluzi, Mpumalanga, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    53 x 101cm

  • Emhluzi, Middelburg

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Emhluzi, Middelburg, 2006

    Mixed media on canvas

    40 x 51cm

  • Nyanga, Western Cape

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Nyanga, Western Cape, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    120 x 322cm

  • Kwa Guqa, Witbank, II

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Kwa Guqa, Witbank, II, 2006

    Mixed media n canvas

    40 x 50cm

  • Kwa Guqa, Witbank IV

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Kwa Guqa, Witbank IV, 2006

    Mixed media on canvas

    40 x 50cm

  • Baragwanath Bridge

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Baragwanath Bridge, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    79 x 282cm

  • Church Street, Kwa Guya, I

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Church Street, Kwa Guya, I, 2006

    Mixed media on canvas

    50 x 60cm

  • Elamonti, KZN

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Elamonti, KZN, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    74 x 125cm

  • Kwa Guqa, Witbank I

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Kwa Guqa, Witbank I, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    40 x 50cm

  • On my way to Guguletu

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    On my way to Guguletu, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    140 x 260cm

  • White city slopes, Kwa-Thema

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    White city slopes, Kwa-Thema, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    70 x 100cm

  • Winnie's House, Brandfort, I, II, III

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Winnie's House, Brandfort, I, II, III, 2006

    Mixed media on canvas, triptych

    40 x 40cm / 40 x 51cm / 40 x 40cm

  • Gossipers

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Gossipers, 2006

    Colour Lithograph

    37 x 46cm

    Edition of 50

  • Saulsville

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Saulsville, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    50 x 122cm

  • Mangaung, Bloemfontein, I

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Mangaung, Bloemfontein, I, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    40 x 51cm

  • Kwa Guqa, Witbank, III

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Kwa Guqa, Witbank, III, 2006

    Mixed media on canvas

    40 x 50cm

  • Mangaung, Bloemfontein II

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Mangaung, Bloemfontein II, 2006

    Mixed media on canvas

    40 x 51cm

  • 17th Ave Alexandra

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    17th Ave Alexandra , 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    70 x 100cm

  • 1st Ave Alexandra

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    1st Ave Alexandra, 2006

    Mixed media on paper

    70 x 100cm

  • Church Street, Kwa Guqa, II

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Church Street, Kwa Guqa, II, 2006

    Mixed Media On Canvas

    50 x 60cm

  • No Dumping Area, Western Cape

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    No Dumping Area, Western Cape, 2006

    Mixed Media On Paper

    127 x 275cm

  • Postman

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Postman, 2006

    Colour Lithograph

    37 x 46cm

    Edition of 50

  • Hair Salon

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Hair Salon, 2006

    Colour Lithograph

    37 x 46cm

    Edition of 50

  • Car Wash

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Car Wash, 2006

    Colour Lithograph

    37 x 46cm

    Edition of 50

  • Sunday

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Sunday, 2006

    Colour Lithograph

    37 x 46cm

    Edition of 50

  • Friends

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Friends, 2005

    Lithograph

    37 x 46cm

    Edition of 30

  • Washing Day

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Washing Day, 2006

    Lithograph

    37 x 46cm

    Edition of 30

  • Going To Church

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Going To Church, 2006

    Lithograph

    37 x 46cm

    Edition of 30

  • Public Phones

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Public Phones, 2006

    Lithograph

    37 x 46cm

    Edition of 30

  • Night Vigil (Natalspruit)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Night Vigil (Natalspruit), 2006

    Etching

    12.1 x 19.5 cm

    Edition of 50

  • Lotto Q (Kagiso)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Lotto Q (Kagiso), 2006

    Etching

    12.3 x 19.7 cm

    Edition of 50

  • Lotto Q (Kwa-Themba)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Lotto Q (Kwa-Themba), 2006

    Etching

    12.3 x 19.7 cm

    Edition of 50

  • Thursday (Garankuwa)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Thursday (Garankuwa), 2006

    Etching

    12.3 x 19.7 cm / Image: 12.3 x 19.7 cm, Paper: 50 x 35 cm

    Edition of 50

  • Boneha P.S. (Rotanda)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Boneha P.S. (Rotanda), 2006

    Etching

    Image: 12.3 x 19.7 cm, Paper: 50 x 35 cm

    Edition of 50

  • Granny (Seshego)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Granny (Seshego), 2006

    Etching

    12.3 x 19.7 cm

    Edition of 50

  • Teacher (Mabopane)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Teacher (Mabopane), 2006

    Etching

    12.3 x 19.7 cm / Image: 12.3 x 19.7 cm, Paper: 49.5 x 35.3 cm

    Edition of 50

  • Mkhozi (Sebokeng)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Mkhozi (Sebokeng), 2006

    Etching

    12.1 x 19.5 cm

    Edition of 50

  • Bhabhalazi (Daveyton)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Bhabhalazi (Daveyton), 2006

    Etching

    12.3 x 19.7 cm

    Edition of 50

  • Shebeen (Thembisa)

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Shebeen (Thembisa), 2006

    Etching

    12.1 x 19.5 cm / Image: 12.1 x 19.5 cm, Paper: 50 x 35 cm

    Edition of 50

  • Installation picture [Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006]
  • Installation picture [Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006]
  • Installation picture [Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006]
  • Installation picture [Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006]
  • Installation picture [Sam Nhlengethwa / Townships Re-Visited / 2006]