Kunsthalle is currently exhibiting Artist of the year 2017, Kemang Wa Lehulere, and his work named Bird song. Lehulere is one of the most important representatives of South African artists of the new generation. His work is shown through different media which he uses to create narratives and political commentary. The birds symbolize freedom that is suppressed and fought for, and the voices of those who have been silenced.
It is not only his work that is on display. The exhibition is intertwined with the artwork of another South African artist, long forgotten Gladys Mgudlandlu, who used to be called Bird Lady because of the numerous paintings of birds she did.
The biggest piece in the exhibition is Broken Wing, where crutches hang from the ceiling in wing formation. Between the crutches there are sets of teeth that were made based on imprints of artist’s teeth, and they are pressed in Bibles in the language of the Xhosa tribe. It is a reaction to former colonial conditions.
The piece is very haunting and beautifully displayed. Thanks to Kunsthalle we get to see art from all around the world and connect to human stories and perspectives of life in a way I never dreamed possible.
The entrance is free every Monday so go check it out.