Rhodes Fine Art
Graduate Showcase 2023
A MESSAGE FROM THE BFA CLASS OF 2023
Over the span of four years, the Class of 2023 have navigated the intricate path of a Fine Arts degree, marked by unique challenges and unprecedented triumphs. Notably, we proudly bear the distinction of being the inaugural first-year class to confront the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic. The backdrop of a global pandemic transformed our academic voyage into a test of resilience, creativity, and determination. Through virtual classrooms and social distancing measures, we’ve not only persevered but thrived, creating art that mirrors our personal and collective growth.
With each brushstroke, print, photograph and digital composition, we have channelled our experiences into creating art that we feel strongly about. With themes such as the gender roles of Nguni women, faith through light and darkness, surveillance, memory, tensions with technology, queer love, the visibility of women within the ZCC and the pressures of societal expectations.
The Class of 2023 invites you to immerse yourself in the culmination of this year’s hard work into an evening we have eagerly been anticipating. We invite you to explore the intricate stories, emotions, and meanings behind each student’s exhibition with an open mind.
Together with gratitude,
The Class of 2023.