The Confessional is a group exhibition curated by Liberty Battson, 2014 Absa L’Atelier winner which had its inaugural run in April at the KKNK arts and culture festival held Oudtshoorn.
The Confessional was conceptualised and created for the KKNK, and aligned to the festival’s overall curatorial theme for visual arts – ‘Greed gone mad and fear got bought’.
This theme draws on the basic emotions of fear and greed as characteristics of western-constructed morals that are closely linked to the seven deadly sins. Greed is one of the sins, and fear a driving force behind it.
In The Confessional, previous Absa L’Atelier entrants and finalists ‘confess’ the most-searched-for topics on Google in South Africa, expressing these within the context of each artist’s own greed and fear.
Participating artists include:
Jaco van Schalkwyk, Fleur de Bondt, Sophia van Wyk, Daandrey Steyn, Kai Lossgott, Martyn Schickerling, Pauline Gutter, Kevin Irungu, Sandy Harris, Heidi Mielke, Franli Meintjes, Peter Mammes, Lebo Rasenyalo, Andrew Mwini, Nompumelelo Ngoma, Francois Knoetze, Skullboy (Louis de Villiers) Shenaz Mohammed, Nina Liebenberg and Luyanda Zindela.
The exhibition will run till 4 August 2017 at the Absa Gallery, Absa Towers North, 161 Main Street, Johannesburg.