Casa Labia Cultural Centre’s Artreach Programme presents a
A Solo Exhibition by Gerald Tabata
As part of Casa Labia Cultural Centre’s Artreach programme, which selects an artist and sponsors their first solo exhibition, Casa Labia will be presenting the work of Cape Peninsula born and bred artist Gerald Tabata.
Tabata’s history places him firmly within the framework of his artworks speaking to place, time and social politics. Whether waiting for a taxi, walking down the street, friends performing an impromptu hair-dressing service, or waiting for the world to turn, Tabata captures these moments.
The subjects that people his canvases, although framed by circumstances of poverty, carry on about their business of life; while some of the figures have become reduced to an anonymous symbol, they are not a caricature. The subjects do not engage with the viewer, in many instances the subject has their back turned, or is walking away, out of the picture frame, excluding the viewer from the narrative of their life.
Tabata states “As artists we stand for the people, we are the voice of the masses, we cannot keep quiet or pretend things are ok whilst they are not. We should expose poverty and make it our responsibility to let the world know our backyard problems.”
Exhibition open from 1st to the 29th of August, gallery hours 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday. For further information visit our website www.casalabia.co.za OR email firstname.lastname@example.org OR call 021 788 6068.