”The danger of a single story”, a quote by writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from her Ted Talk is the starting point of the exhibition and the inspiration for the title for The NIROX Foundation’s annual winter exhibition.

The exhibition combines existing works with new productions that will occupy and transform the landscape. Titled NOT A SINGLE STORY, the exhibition is dominated by women artists in a response to a very singular art history. The artists represent a diversity of perspectives as they range from forerunners to emerging artists within contemporary art in South Africa, the African diaspora, Sweden and internationally.

Participating artists: Yoko Ono (JP/US), Esther Mahlangu (ZA), Lubaina Himid (TZ/UK), Nandipha Mntambo (ZA), Mary Sibande (ZA), Nelisiwe Xaba (ZA), Claudette Schreuders (ZA), Jane Alexander (ZA), Marcia Kure (NG), Bronwyn Katz (ZA), Beth Diane Armstrong (ZA), Frances Goodman (ZA), Mwangi-Hutter (KE-DE), Marianne Lindberg De Geer (SE), Lungiswa Gqunta (ZA), Sethembile Msezane (ZA), Marcia Kure (NG/US), Gunilla Klingberg & Peter Geschwind (SE), Caroline Mårtensson (SE), Whitney McVeigh (UK), Sophia Van Wyk (ZA) and Lena Cronqvist (SE).

The exhibition and its comprehensive educational programming aimed at children and youth to expand understanding of life and art, is supported by The Swedish Postcode Lottery. The exhibition NOT A SINGLE STORY and the educational exchange with talks, tours and workshops is presented in the NIROX Winter Exhibition Program context. 

In response to NOT A SINGLE STORY, curators Anthea Buys and Nelisiwe Xaba presented a program of three site-specific performances that suggest transient relationships to the experience of sculpture. The performances on the program were durational in nature and it took place during the private viewing of NOT A SINGLE STORY hosted at the NIROX Sculpture Park on Saturday 26 May 2018.

Educational Programmes/workshops/Talks

  • Walking, Seeing ,Being. Alexander Technique and Bohm Dialogue Workshop. Facilitated by Lucia Walker, Sharyn West and Hester Reeve. Curated by Jessica Doucha.
  • Land Art Workshop – Facilitated by Anni Snyman, Khumo Sebambo, Lloyd-Anthony Smith, Jessica Doucha. Curated by Jessica Doucha for the Junior French  School. Grade 2.
  • Internship program – Facilitated & developed by Khumo Sebambo and Jessica Doucha from 
  • Poetry workshopHear my voice & Speak out loud – 17 South African Poets + 3 Swedish Poets. Curated by Lloyd-Anthony Smith
  • Art writing workshop –  Facilitated by Milisuthando Bongela Curated by Khumo Sebambo
  • Literacy workshop- What will you create with your words? –Curated by Khumo Sebambo and Mpumi Mayisa  in collaboration with Ripple Reading for Nooitgedagt Primary School 
  • Columba leadership Facilitator workshop  Facilitated by Khumo Sebambo and Stephan Du Toit
  • Traditional Ndebele painting workshop with  MALTA combined school –  Facilitated by Helene Smuts – Africa Meets Africa
  • Tree house model building workshop – Designed and facilitated by Beth Diane Armstrong
  • Read to Rise & Matla combined school collaboration – Organized by Khumo Sebambo 

    Talks program:

    Art & Conversations:  Art & Spirituality with Ayana V Jackson Art & Consciousness with Whitney McVeigh and Beth Diane Armstrong – participants from Artist Proof Studio, St Dominic’s High School – organized by Khumo Sebambo, Mpumi Mayisa and Caroline Fowler.