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Reflecting on the Life and Art of Dumile Feni and His Relevance in South Africa Today

The Beauty of the LineMoving in TimeThe recent exhibition of the works of Dumile Feni at Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg has sparked some interesting conversations and renewed interest in the artist.

Feni is the subject of The Beauty of the Line: The Life and Times of Dumile Feni. Photographs of Feni and his works, taken by George Hallett, author of Moving in Time: Images of Life in a Democratic South Africa, were also featured in the exhibition.

Stefanie Jason wrote an article for the Mail and Guardian in which she considers what Feni work and the recent exhibition highlighted some important issues about the struggle of being black.

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There’s a disturbing back story to how a well-known Dumile Feni sculpture came to be. It’s the story of what inspired the artist’s famed sculpture History, which is mounted at the entrance to his latest exhibition. Just like its back story, the charcoal-coloured statuette is as perturbing, as a naked figure, down on all fours and with a horse bit in its mouth, draws a cart containing two people.

Chris Thurman wrote an article for Business Day about Feni and the way his work reflects life in exile.

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The recent repatriation and burial of Nakasa’s remains should be celebrated but should also give us pause: what about all the other South African artists (activists or otherwise) who were driven into a life and death in exile? Most of them are not remembered or, like Dumile Feni, are mis-remembered.

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