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Everard Read, Cape Town & Rose Korber Art, in association with the dreyer foundation,
are proud to present an exhibition of bronze sculptures by noted sangoma and artist Percy Konqobe, created from 1980 - 2010.

This exhibition has been made possible by the dreyer foundation's vision in initiating the retrospective and casting the works. The foundation's aims are to promote international awareness, tolerance in all areas of society and intercultural understanding, as well as providing development aid. The foundation´s goals are met by carrying out measures that create the spiritual, mental, cultural and psychological basis for international understanding and peace.

Percy Ndithembile Konqobe was born in 1939 in Nigel, South Africa. He was initiated as a sangoma in the mid 1960s and has since practised in Soweto as a healer. He began giving form to his dreams and visions in clay in the late 1980s, thanks to the urging of the sculptor Sydney Kumalo. He is today a recognised sculptor, whose works are attracting growing interest internationally.

Konqobe is a man of dreams. There are dreams that come by day and those that plague his nights, demanding to be vividly remembered. The recurrence of these dreams does not make them easy to capture in solid works of art. On the contrary, they demand to be captured with linear clarity and tactile accuracy and, to make it more demanding, they must breathe the spirits of the ancestors that commissioned them.

Konqobe is also a man in love with form, and has a great ability to capture these forms. The lines of his sculptures are lyrical and tactile. His choice of medium is deliberate: clay is soil and soil is the abode of the ancestors. To touch and shape it becomes an act of communication with ancestral forces that guard and guide his creativity and destiny.
What then happens when he casts his artworks? Does he imprison the spirits of his ancestors? Konqobe answers: "The bronzes are evidence to the world of the visitations of the ancestors' messengers that draw attention to my gods."

His works are testaments to a force beyond him and beyond his time. It is clear that, in order for those born outside Konqobe's worldview to experience his works more profoundly, they must enter into a pact with their minds to suspend disbelief. Yet even if one rejects this suspension of disbelief, Konqobe's works of art stand alone as masterpieces that speak an eloquent language of sculpture.

Professor Pitika P. Ntuli, with Jenny Gsell GmbH, Amy Klement & Caroline Gutberlet

The exibition runs from 16 September to 14 October 2010 at Everard Read, 3 Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront.
To contact Rose Korber Art call +27 21 438 9152; to contact Everard Read call +27 21 418 4527.

For additional information on Konqobe, please click on the links below to download pdfs with images of additional works by the artist.

1) Embodiments of Dreams - Click here to download the article

This is an excellent article, by Prof Nutuli, Professor Extraordinaire at the Technical University of Tshwane, South Africa. Prof Ntuli has taught in universities around the world and has published extensively on issues of the African renaissance and art and culture, as well as conducting workshops on institutional culture, and is one of the leading motivational speakers in the country.

An excerpt from Prof Ntuli's article states: "Konqobe is a humanist - an artist and traditional healer in a deeply African sense. To understand and appreciate his art more fully, an at least basic understanding of the complex relationship between art and healing in indigenous African societies is necessary. It is also important to appreciate the significance of dreams, as these are messengers from the ancestors to the living that suggest lines of behaviour to adapt or adopt."

2) Mothers, Nature, Love and Dreams - Click here to download the article

This is an insightful interview by the artist, Amy J Klement, who interviewed Konqobe while touring his exhibition in Berlin. Klement paints an intimate portrait of Konqobe, drawing the story of his life wound through dreams and revelations. Please go to the article to read of the birth of his revelations and insight.

Konqobe: "When I was in prison that was the most beautiful revelation that I had ever had in my life. Have you participated in a dream that made you feel like all your senses were alive?"

Feeding Time


Breastfeeding at the Park

Intimate Love

Newspaper Boy


Mother and Child Chameleon

Seated Woman

Mourning Woman

Two faces of Man

The Future




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