17 January - 23 February 2013



STEVENSON is pleased to present new work by Serge Alain Nitegeka. This is the artist's first solo exhibition occupying the main spaces of the Cape Town gallery, and follows his debut Johannesburg solo, Black Lines, in March 2012.

According to Nitegeka, Black Cargo picks up where Black Lines left off, with 'lines taking on forms, creating imaginary spaces that define and shape narratives of forced migration'. Black Cargo explores the idea of the 'body as cargo' in relation to the 'black subject'. Nitegeka writes:

Cargo, functioning both as the black subject and his carried load, portrays the residual physical and emotional burden of experiencing social trauma, particularly as associated with refugees and asylum-seekers. The show offers ways of seeing the black subject's complicated and fluid mechanics of negotiating survival in intermediary shifting spaces to which he constantly has to adjust.

For the exhibition, the artist has created a series of installations from black wood which serve to challenge the viewer who wishes to enter and experience particular spaces. Alongside these are free-standing sculptures and paintings, mostly on panels taken from art crates; on the latter he creates abstract planes inspired in turn by previous installations and sculptures. Also on view is Nitegeka's first film, BLACK SUBJECTS, in which a group of performers move through his studio environment, 'performing' his sculptures, their interactions 'based on the improvised negotiations of survival'.

Nitegeka was born in Burundi in 1983 and lives in Johannesburg. He is currently completing his Master's in Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. He won the Tollman Award for the Visual Arts, and a Fondation Jean Paul Blachère prize at the Dakar Biennale, in 2010. He has exhibited at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (2011), and Le Manège gallery at the French Institute in Dakar (2012). Group exhibitions include Space, Ritual, Absence: Liminality in South African visual art at the FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg (2011); Time's Arrow at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2010); and Beyond the Line at the Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg (2008).

The exhibition opens on Thursday 17 January, 6 to 6pm.

Nitegeka will give a walkabout of his exhibition in support of the Friends of the South African National Gallery on Friday 18 January at 11am. Cost is R20 (members and non-members); all are welcome.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 1pm.