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  • 9 – 5. Do artists need structure? by Banele Khoza

    9 – 5. Do artists need structure? by Banele Khoza

    Mon, Oct 14, 2019

    9 – 5. Do artists need structure? by Banele Khoza

    When:              26 October to 7 December 2019

    Opening:          Saturday, 26 October 2019 at 12:00

    Closing event: Saturday, 7 December 2019 at 12:00

    Where:             North Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum

    Cnr Francis Baard and Wessels Street, Arcadia Park, Arcadia


    9 – 5. Do artists need structure? is hosted by the Pretoria Art Museum and the Alliance Française of Pretoria and serves as part of Banele Khoza's prize for winning the 2017 Absa L'Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award. The Absa L'Atelier is an annual art competition hosted by Absa and the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA), focused on artists aged 21 to 35. Khoza's prize was partly sponsored by the Alliance Française and the French Institute in South Africa, and included a three-month residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.

    In addition to being a visual artist, Banele Khoza is an entrepreneur, curator, former lecturer and the gallery director of the open studio and gallery space, BKhz, in Braamfontein. While onlookers perceive his accolades with a rose-tinted yearning, Khoza is wary of encouraging them to romanticise the often unstructured nature of creative and cultural work. "Not having a structure for myself means anytime is work time. And I've always been afraid of rest. It's always seemed counterproductive in a world that encourages and praises constant output," adds Khoza.

    To create 9 – 5, Khoza sought to find out what would happen if he limits his creative output to the normalised nine to five schedule for two months. Khoza will avoid taking work home by limiting his output to the paintings he makes on site in the North Gallery of the Pretoria Art Museum. "I want to find out if I would hate it, I want to see if the frustration will translate into my body of work," explains Khoza when asked about the process.

    Banele created a space that simulates his studio in Braamfontein. Apart from works in progress, paint brushes, paint palettes, empty canvas and mason jars with murky water, Khoza will bring his work desk with him. By doing this, 9 – 5 allows the museum's visitors to witness his holistic practice unfolding in real time. It speaks to the artist's ongoing ethos of art democratisation where the art world's unromantic behind-the-scenes activities are brought to the fore, giving the public a more informed understanding of the industry.


    Gerda Guldemond

    Hugo de Groot

    Alliance Française of Pretoria



    The Pretoria Art Museum is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00.

    It is closed on Mondays and public holidays.

    Guided tours can be arranged on request.

    Pretoria Art Museum

    Tel: 012 358 6750


    GPS coordinates: 25°44'53.63"S; 28°12'45.20"E

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