Date: Sunday 1 October

Time: 11:00am- 4:00pm

Venue: Meta Foundation, 4th floor, Studio 401, August House, 76 end street, Doornfontein

This exhibition runs until the 20 October 2023





Participating artists
Retshidistwe Ngqekeza
Tivani Mabulele
Vusi Mbulali IV

Curatorial statement

“Lie Back” a thought-provoking exploration of human vulnerability, introspection, and the complex interplay between rest and contemplation. The aim is to embrace the act of lying back, both physically and metaphorically, as a means of delving into the depths of emotions, memories, and experiences.

In a fast-paced world filled with constant stimulation and demands for productivity, the notion of lying back may seem counterintuitive. However, it is precisely in these moments of stillness and surrender that we often find profound insights, connections, and renewal. The exhibition encourages visitors to adopt a receptive posture, to create a space for reflection, self-discovery, and the cultivation of empathy.

The artworks featured in “Lie Back” traverse various mediums, including painting, drawing, and mixed media, to evoke a range of emotional responses. Each artist approaches the theme in a unique way, offering distinct perspectives and narratives that collectively illuminate the power of vulnerability and self-exploration.

“Lie Back” is not only an exhibition; it is an invitation to slow down, to engage with art as a catalyst for self-reflection, and to find solace in moments of vulnerability. By embracing our own humanity and acknowledging the power of rest and introspection, we can deepen our understanding of ourselves and others, and cultivate a more compassionate and empathetic society.

May this exhibition serve as a sanctuary for contemplation, a space for connection, and a catalyst for personal growth.

Retshidistwe Ngqekeza

Born in a small rural town of Mohale’s Hoek in Lesotho, Retshidisitwe Ngqekeza is a visual artist based at August House. Retshidisitwe’s passion and love for visual art was inspired by his father who was a clay maker. In 2021, he moved to Johannesburg, August House, as an artist assistant to renowned artist, Teboho Makoatsa who mentored and guided him as an emerging artist. Retshidisitwe creates art using  acrylic paint and charcoal which allow him to explore texture and bold colors to develop his work. Ngqekeza attempts to portray the Sotho heritage within his work and is inspired by the stories and traditions told by Sotho people. By including his heritage within his work, Ngqekeza wishes to share his heritage with the artist community and hopefully create a positive and profound outlook around it.

Tivani Mabulele

Tivani  Mabulele is a visual artist who makes mainly in acrylic painting and a mixture of charcoal. Currenty practicing art at August House.   Tivani explores the idea of fulfillment in his work, through the different characters in his paintings. Tivani attempts to inherent the ability to awaken and transform the need to find a deep, abiding sense of fulfilment in his art practice.  Using butterflies as a symbol of rebirth, growth, and overcoming obstacles.

Vusi Mbulali IV

Vusi Mbulali IV is a visual artist born in the east of Johannesburg. His work has evolved from drawing school charts, posters and book illustrations to painting of South African heroes such as Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Steve Biko. Mbulali draws his inspiration from his experiences and ideologies. The use of an afro comb shape in his work symbolizes struggle, responsibility and victory within human. Vusi explores working with charcoal on brown smoked paper to display his authenticity however he majors in mixed medium. Overall, Vusi aims to encourage the future foundation through ideas, confidence and possibilities.


Event Photos