Report by Mihlali Ntsabo & Tsholofelo Tselaemang
Semi-Gloss is a public art work that takes old National Arts Festival posters and turns them into sculptures that are worn as costumes. Two of the costumed performers, Ayanda Nondlwana and Athenkosi Nyikilana describe their act as a metaphor for how local Grahamstown artists are used and discarded just like these old posters. The performance illustrates the idea that posters and local artists are only useful for the ten days of festival. Local artists they argue should not just be ‘ten-day’ men.
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