To commemorate Human Rights Month and the Human Rights stalwart O R Tambo, local artist Vusi Mbulali, presents “FACES, an O R Tambo Visual Art Exhibition” at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, South Africa. The exhibition will open on Thursday, 21 March 2019 as a part of the Human Rights Festival and will remain open to the public until Friday, 19 April 2019.
In the artist’s, Vusi Mbulali, words, “The O.R. Tambo collection is influenced by Tambo’s militant characteristics, brilliance and powerful stature. Tambo reminds me of the feel of a rock that has been tested through both fire and raining seasons only to discover that it has been a valuable, shining metal (i.e. Gold) all along. It was covered by the dust of the black and white clouds of our past but when its rusty covering is removed it reveals a likeness with nature; quite profound.”
The O R Tambo Faces collection presents a composition of previously exhibited and never exhibited before pieces, taking visitors on a unique journey of O R Tambo as man, friend, political leader and husband, from his youth to his old age. It is a celebration of South Africa's human rights journey by honouring a man who played a significant role in it.
Vusi Mbulali is a South African born, paint artist who specialises in portrait painting. His most recent work includes painting South African heroes such as the late Nelson Mandela, O R Tambo and Steve Biko (you can find a number of his art pieces at the Steve Biko Foundation). His work has been featured in the poetry and prose book celebrating the friendship of O R Tambo, Thabo Mbeki and Olaf Palme, ‘Tambo Lenyoka’ by Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza.
In 2018, Mbulali’s work was published in a Nelson Mandela centenary celebration art book, showcasing 100 portraits of Madiba. The book is not available to the public at this point. Discovered when he was only 12 years old, Mbulali uses abstract art techniques to express a unique interpretation of the iconic faces he paints.
Visitors of the Human Rights Festival will also have the opportunity to meet and engage with the artist, Vusi Mbulali, from 21 – 24 March 2019. Entrance is FREE!