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Talitha Cumi

STEVENSON is proud to announce the opening of its new gallery space in Parktown North with a solo exhibition by Portia Zvavahera.
The show’s title, Talitha Cumi (an Aramaic phrase meaning ‘Little girl, arise’), makes reference to a Biblical story, from the Gospel of St Mark, in which Jesus resurrects a child from the dead; accordingly, Zvavahera’s new group of paintings is concerned with a longing for spiritual transcendence, freedom from the ongoing cycle of human suffering. As with previous bodies of work, Zvavahera cites a dream as her starting point – in this instance, one of struggle and a desire to be ‘lifted up’.
The image of the bull, which entered Zvavahera’s iconography during a residency in India in 2018, appearing in the triptych she produced for the 10th Berlin Biennale, recurs here as an oppressive force, yet one that inspires a necessary striving for transformation. The artist notes, ‘I know there’s going to be a battle in the future when I see a bull in my dreams. When the beast is around I pray more. He is the problem but also the solution.’
Rising up, the central figure in many of Zvavahera’s paintings is surrounded by an aura of radiating lines – sometimes a delicately printed pattern resembling crochet or lacework, at other times a fluttering of expressive gestures – that suggests a protective veil, a guiding influence that embraces and elevates.

Participating: Portia Zvavahera


Address: 46 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00. Saturday: 10:00 - 13:00



Participating: Various artists

Opening: Wednesday 24 June 2020 - 24 July 2020

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