Sergio Lucena & Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi: Common Place

19 July - 8 September 2018

Common Place, a two-artist exhibition featuring new works by Brazilian painter Sergio Lucena and South African pluridisciplinary artist Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi. 

It starts with a gaze of an inescapable faith: solitude. The artist succumbs to the emptiness of the matter despite a perpetual struggle to fill a void. The image as a language questions the cognitive properties of representations whether it depicts an abstract or figurative form. Common Place translated an intercepted vision of an unspeakable truth.

The divergence surfaces in the perception that abstraction is assertive and figurations narrative. And yet, the experience of juxtaposing the practices of the two artists emanated a subjective language, the reverence of a common place where individuals correlate. An inner place confined in an infinite and intimate space. The perpetual search of plenitude replaces an experimented reality that both artists denounced or rejected.

Common Place examines the rapport between individual and collective manifestations. In the work of South African artist, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, the questions of collective freedom are constructed through the sacrifice of private lives for the common good.