A brilliant physicist once said: “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” And now, a century later, at the tip of Africa, a Cape Town initiative, Puncture Points, is taking Albert Einstein’s theory, and relating it to life in the Western Cape.
Puncture Points is a public exhibition that explores and illuminate the relationship between energy – which flows through us all and is present in every aspect of our daily lives – and life. It runs daily – from 1pm to 7pm – at the Cape Town Harbour from 12 to 25 March 2017, and features the varied works of 15 local artists.
How it all began
After extensive research, Puncture Points was developed through a series of workshops, whereafter an open call for artworks, designs and art initiatives followed.
Now, 15 finalists from an original 48 candidates are showcasing their works at the exhibition, where the public can expect a variety of art forms, from photography, sculpture, silk-screening to dance, poetry, and many more.
The exhibition’s curator, Khanyisile Mbongwa explains the decision for the venue: “The Cape Town Harbour is a Puncture Point, a critical distribution centre that impacts daily on all our lives. There is a coming and going, arrivals and departures – a constant flow of energy.”
Puncture Points’ chosen artists
- Multi-talented artist, Brett Gendall, who, through his painting, explores seascapes.
- Multi-disciplinarian, Conor Ralph, who, among other talents, specialises in painting, photography and digital media.
- Designer Faatimah Mohamed-Luke, who is a founding partner of successful designer brand, Adam & Ave.
- François Knoetze & Lesiba Mabitsela, who met in 2014 at interdisciplinary artist workshop, OPENLab. Together, they will explore SA’s energy crisis.
- Multi-disciplinarian artist, Jarrad Ricketts, who, among other talents, is a singer, actor, comedian, writer and designer.
- Performing artist, Joce Engelbrecht, whose career began as a touring HIV/AIDS speaker before she branched into theatre.
- Choreographer, Louise Coetzer, who co-founded Darkroom Contemporary in 2010 with fellow Puncture Points artist, Oscar O’Ryan.
- Meghna Singh, who is a visual artist and researcher from New Delhi, India.
- In-demand artist, Bongani Njalo, who will use performance art to explore spiritual confusion.
- Architecture graduate, Nawaaz Saldulker, who owns his own interior and product design company.
- Full-time, Cape Town-based artist, Nomusa Mtshali.
- Oscar O’Ryan, a South African photographer and videographer who specialises in capturing dance and theatre movement, who is also pursuing his passion for photojournalism.
- Versatile artist, Sanele Moya, she has worked as a photojournalist and is known as the Nile River photographer.
- Zika Crowned, who describes herself as an exhibiting artist, space creator and creative spirit.
Philosophy behind Puncture Points
Puncture Points is based on acu-points – energy lines in the human body, into which acupuncture needles are inserted. Puncture Points traces energy flows, and investigates the nuanced relationship between energy and the everyday. Ultimately, it has provided a platform for local Western Cape artists – at various stages of their careers – to showcase their works to the public for free, and add their voices to the critical conversation around energy and its connection to our society.
Where to find it A-Berth, South Arm Road, Cape Town Harbour, Cape Town