As an extension of the broader Halls’ Breathe For It campaign, the IDC is launching ‘Infinite Perspectives: A Contemporary Celebration of the Young Artist’ on Youth Day 2023.
This new showcase will provide an additional opportunity for the nine Halls’ mentees to present their talent to a wider audience while offering attendees a unique viewpoint of contemporary youth and their experiences.
Featured artists Buhle Ramalepa and Dustin had the following to say about the day being celebrated, and the opportunity to use their creativity to contribute to the national collective to mark the day.
“Youth Day is a day to celebrate the youth of 1976 who fought for the rights we enjoy today and is a symbol of the resilience of youth and its ability to emerge strong under even the harshest of circumstances. This same robusticity is clear in youth’s abundant creativity and propensity to move literal mountains through what was once simply their dreams. This is a day that reminds me that I can accomplish anything; it empowers me with the knowledge that I too can fight for what is rightfully mine.” – Buhle
“Youth Day is an opportunity to look back at the history of our country and acknowledge the efforts made for a more just society. But as much as it calls on us to look back, the current climate commands a shift in thinking about our future. Youth Day is a moment to reflect, celebrate and plan ahead.” – Dustin
In addition to Buhle and Dustin, the exhibition will also exhibit recent work from artists Levy Pooe, Boemo Diale, Thamsanqa Gwafa, Anathi Radebe, Johnny Allison and Leigh Le Roux.
In the spirit of the IDC and BASA’s wider partnership, the event joins the call for collaboration and celebration, bringing disparate personalities and perceptions to bear on a single platform, and allowing for an open and authentic assessment of young South Africans and their prospects in today’s cultural landscape.