Fresh Produce presented by RMB Talent Unlocked is curated again by Rolihlahla Mhlanga and is aimed at creating an opportunity for selected artists who are young and emerging, to participate and showcase on a global stage.

Assemblage in collaboration with VANSA and Turbine Art Fair will be running a 6 month intensive workshop programme that integrates practical art-making (focusing on process and conceptual development) and professional practice training. The aim is to provide the artists with a comprehensive programme that encompasses the necessary tools to help build and sustain a career in the industry. The ultimate outcome is to strengthen the artists work as a whole by providing those who participate not only a guide through the development of their work but very importantly the tools in order to put their career into action within the industry.

There are a total of 15 artists that have been selected to exhibit at TAF17: Johan Stegman, Alexander Von Klitzing, Katlego Modiri, Nkhensani Rihlampfu, Claudia Monyama, Sechaba Meloa, Odette Graskei, Mmabatho Mokalapa, Mary-Lee Makunye, Nosipho Nombuso Maseko, Lutendo Malatji, Chrisel van der Merwer, Kiyara Ananmalay, Isaac Zavale and Jodi Tracey

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About the Curator:

29ed776Rolihlahla Mhlanga’s practice as a curator is based in  Johannesburg. He is the recently appointed Curatorial Project Manager of the Assemblage project space, in Ferrais Dorp. After a succcessful showcase of the Fresh Produce exhibition at last year’s Turbine Art Fair. Mhlanga will be curating yet another group show. The Fresh Produce 2017 exhibition is a culmination of the Artist Career Development Programme developed by Assemblage in partnership with the Visual Arts Network of South Africa, Business and Arts South Africa and the Turbine Art Fair presented by Rand Merchant Bank Talent Unlocked.

Rolihlahla will be curating an exhibition comprised of 15 individual artists. Each of the artists deals with a thematic of their own choosing. However, Roli’s role has been to provide support to their individual processes and help mediate between the artist and his/her work with the mentorship of Pat Mautloa, Thenjiwe Nkosi and Simon Gush.

Mhlanga advocates for the development of the township creative economy, creating access to artists work and audience development. He is the co founder of Eyethu Gallery and former Head Curator where he saw to to the successful mounting of several exhibitions and commissioned to curate a group showcase as part of the 8th International Gorée Diaspora Festival in Dakar, Senegal by the National Arts Council, in late 2016.