Turbine Art Fair
The Turbine Art Fair, positioned as the emerging art fair in Johannesburg, is a perfect opportunity for all aspiring artists and those looking to be inspired through visual art to come to a common meeting point. The emerging art fair gives an opportunity for those wanting to learn about the business of art and those wanting to invest in art pieces will be guided on how to do so in a space that is conducive to learning.
This year the fair is celebrating 20 years of South African freedom. Music and art have always been at the forefront of the emancipation of South Africa. Through these mediums, the fair is able to address many social ills and shift the course of history.
Managing director, Greg Maloka said, “Our partnership with the Turbine Art Fair is one that we are sure as a station will resonate with our Afropolitan audiences”.
“Kaya FM also prides itself on the fact that it’s a platform for emerging talented South African musicians, poets and now with our partnership with Turbine Art Fair we will be able to recognize emerging artists in a different space,” says Greg.
The Turbine Fair is situated in the cultural precinct of Johannesburg, whilst Turbine Hall is a truly iconic South African site with its architectural style reflecting their colourful heritage, weaved into the space. It serves as a perfect setting for families and friends to learn about the artists and enjoy what the art fair has to offer.
Glynis Hyslop, the managing director of Turbine Art Fair explains the meaning of the Emerge theme. She says the theme was selected as it encapsulates so much about “our world.”
South Africa is an emerging economy; Newtown and Braamfontein are emerging as cultural centres of the Johannesburg. Emerge means to “come into view, to become visible or to become known.”
“We want our visitors to discover new artists, new concepts, new ideas, and to leave with a heightened awareness of the scope of contemporary art. At the same time, we see this as an opportunity for new artists to become visible or existing artists more visible,” explains Glynis.
The featured artist for 2014 was Nathaniel Stern in Rippling Images. For this exhibition, he built his first marine-related scanning rig to scan images while scuba diving on a coral reef. According to Glynis, he was selected as an interdisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media, including interactive and public art, interventions, installation, video art and printmaking.
The scuba work frames and amplifies water and land, life and non-life. “My slow movements underwater, the fish swimming and plants floating, the disappearing reefs, how my breathing and apparatuses affect buoyancy, all transform the artwork during its creation,” shares Nathaniel.
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