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BoConcept South Africa Presents, Art Meets Design: Femme Voices, Shapes and Forms

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The second edition of art meets design – Femme Voices, shapes and forms is about celebrating the boldness, softness & intricacies of the  female voice, shape & form through art and design. This is an exhibition comprised exclusively of female contemporary artists. 

The representation of women in art has changed over time and varies across cultures. Throughout history, women have been depicted in a  variety of ways, often reflecting the social and cultural norms of their time. In modern and contemporary art, women artists have been at the  forefront of challenging traditional gender roles and representations of women. Female artists have created works that interrogate gender  norms, explore the female body, and challenge the male gaze. They have also used art to address issues such as sexuality, race, and  politics. 

Although a unifying theme exploring the outstanding features & the audacious voice of the female and how it translates in art and design  runs through all the works, each piece outlines its own unique story. The collection showcases paintings, textile art and sculptures which  aim to raise the voice of women, while also highlighting all the intricate qualities that women possess. 

Overall, the representation of women in art continues to evolve and change, reflecting the shifting social, cultural, and political climate of our  times. Through this exhibition, we aim to celebrate this shift while also highlighting the role that urban design plays in expressing femininity. 

The talented group of women who have displayed their stirring compositions are Lerato Motau, Jessicah Yakno-Abasi Ene, Naledi Modupi,  Dora Prevost and Zenande Mketeni. The works in the exhibition are styled with pieces from BoConcept’s timeless designs that accentuate  soft forms, yet bold styles.

About the Artists:

Dora Prevost 

Dora Prevost is a sculptor finding inspiration for her  sculpture in the female body and issues pertinent to  women. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and  residing in Johannesburg, her art focuses on asserting and  reinforcing the female voice.  

Exploring women as her main theme, her work is an  expression of women’s sensitivity showing their strength  and beauty and dramatising stereotypes. She approaches  subjects related to gender-based violence and injustice  that women face today.

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Jessicah Yakno-Abasi Ene 

Ene Yakno-Abasi Jessicah is an emerging abstract realism  artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. From an early age, she  showed a great passion for art and was always eager to  experiment and improve on her skills. 

A specialist in textiles, Yakno’s inclination to experiment  with materials and processes, led her to having a good  grasp of other aspects of art. Because of her love for the  expressiveness of the paint medium, in 2019, she decided  to start creating works in the genre of painting. She derives  inspiration from the formal elegance of the human body,  which she applies elements like bright colours, gold paint,  paper, to create stylised, proportionally distorted figures  that have elements of 2D and also the fullness, proximity,  gestures and values of a 3D image to portray the beauty  and diversity of her people as an African woman. 

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Lerato Motau 

Lerato Motau is a textile and fibre artist living in Soweto,  South Africa. Her media are hand embroidery and appliqué  with upcycled pieces of fabric on hessian. Her unique style  embraces mashungani (SeSotho for “bright”) colours which  resonate with her. Born and raised in Soweto during the apartheid era,  Lerato’s journey to fibre artistry has been challenging. As a  young girl, she struggled to read and write. At the age of  14, she was assessed as dyslexic. 

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Zenande Mketeni 

Zenande Mketeni is a multidisciplinary Artist – a sculptor,  print maker, painter and photographer. In her work, she  explores the discourse around black women in  post-colonial South Africa in relation to Xhosa culture. 

Zenande believes that black women contribute to the  importance of cultural theologies and that there is need to  reimagine the representation of what a black Xhosa  woman is, re-envision the spaces she resides and exists  within her culture.

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Naledi Modupi 

Naledi Tshegofatso Modupi is a multi-dimensional visual  artist who has developed a powerful and distinctive style of  portraiture. She is known for her versatility and skill in  exploring both traditional and digital art form. 

Her portraits showcase individuality, boldness and energy  expressed through the use of vibrant colours and  continuous lines that define each face distinctly. These  colors are also symbolic of her interest in celebrating the  beauty of blackness and all the qualities associated with  being a woman. Her work is deeply connected to this idea;  it serves as an authentic celebration for women’s  personalities and selfhood.

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