Smack bang in the centre of the this colony we call Cape Town, lies the most amazing space of creative imaginative inspiration. 16 on Lerotholi is an art gallery in Langa - South Africa's oldest township. The gallery's royal blue walls, clean lines and the Angus Taylor sculptures beckon you, abeg take a second look and come
16 on Lerotholi
inside! Come see the sophistication of blacks doing art! The need to unlearn art as something exclusive to the pale skinned and rich is a matter of urgency and the gallery's partnership with Everard Read is testament to this.
We have to democratise art and show that anyone, everyone should have access to art; art is vital for the human condition. art is vital to being human. Its a feeling, I don't know why but its vital. Art is all its forms is the expression of experiences that cannot otherwise be captured - Mpilo Ngcukana
The name Langa literally mean's sun but it is named after King Langalibalele - a Hlubi royal imprisoned in Cape Town after rebelling against what most African people throughout history rebel against - the racial box of Blackness and its perpetual state of victimhood. The grace of this sun place called Langa and the meaning of space in this gallery is awe inspiring, because africans telling their own stories through their own lens is a difficult but incredibly beautiful something. Currently, 16 on Lerotholi is showcasing a group exhibition of African artists who have found their way home, back to their natural habitat. African artists in the Natural Habitat group show include Daniel ‘Kgomo’ Morolong, Ricky Dyaloyi, Blessing Ngobeni, Teresa Kutala Firmino and Vusi Khumalo
So much African art comes from the township but is rarely showcased in the township for lack of space, intention and resources. With the Natural Habitat exhibition 16 on Lerotholi proudly celebrates the self love required in the creation of African art.
Artistic expression is our social currency and so many artists and friends come from the hood - Shaun Williams