Azibuyele Emasisweni (Return to the Source), Pitika Ntuli’s first solo exhibition dedicated solely to bone works, will launch on 25 June as part of the Virtual National Arts Festival and runs until 2 August 2020.


The exhibition will be presented online and includes the following content:


45 sculptures created by Pitika from bone

45 praise songs written and recited by Pitika presented as audio notes with each sculpture

Songs, poems, audio thought notes, essays, video’s, films and a talks programme featuring engagements from 33 thought and creative leaders


Ruzy Rusike curated the exhibition which is presented by The Melrose Gallery in association with the National Arts Festival. Azibuyele Emasisweni will tour to museums in 2021


Dubbed ‘The Gallery of the People’, The Melrose Gallery is a leading Pan African Contemporary space located in Melrose Arch in Johannesburg and One&Only Cape Town.

Passionate about African culture and traditions, the gallery has become a home in which artists, collectors and the public gather as a community to present and celebrate their stories, lives and creative practices in contemporary ways.

Our stable boasts iconic names of the likes of Dr. Esther Mahlangu, Mam Noria Mabasa, Dr. Willie Bester and Professor Pitika Ntuli amongst others. These globally celebrated stalwarts provide a stable foundation for an exciting group of young guards who are swiftly rising from the African Continent.

The Melrose Gallery hosts various solo and group exhibitions each year with well attended openings that are a highlight of the South African arts calendar. We participate in respected Art Fairs, support our artists in terms of biennales and conceptualise and implement important non-commercial exhibitions with museums and national galleries.

Click here to see the rest of our gallery programme

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