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Andile Dyalvane, "Idladla (Grain Silo)", Terracotta Clay Sculptural Seat



Idladla (Grain Silo) is a large-scale ceramic sculpture by internationally renowned South African ceramicist Andile Dyalvane. It is a central work in Dyalvane’s ground-breaking 2017 collection (also called Idladla), which pays tribute to the central role that maize cultivation plays in Xhosa culture. In rural Africa, a home is incomplete in the absence of idladla (grain/maize storage structure). What completes the family, homestead and community are those life-sustaining activations of collective effort and restorative spirituality through land cultivation. Each piece in the Idladla collection pivots around these efforts and their meaning and memory. This pivotal ceramic artwork embodies more than just a tactile presentation of culture, it seeks to cross distances both broad and focused in the preservation of culture. Dyalvane looks at how the interconnectedness of our belief structures, actual structures, languages and their uses – both spiritually and as a function – create our heritage. Preserving his heritage is crucial to Dyalvane. He believes that rectifying language and meaning is key as the urban livelihood conflicts not only with land space but with psychological landscapes too. Idladla, says Dyalvane, ‘is a reminder of what we’ve lost but also of what can still be saved’. Andile Dyalvane is one of South Africa’s foremost ceramic artists. Guided by a deep spiritual connection to his Xhosa ancestors, Andile’s complex, large-scale ceramic artworks are a metaphorical vessel through which he seeks to honour his cultural traditions and share his journey of healing. Born in 1978 in the small village of Ngobozana, near Qobo-Qobo in the rural Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Andile grew up farming and looking after his father’s cattle herd – sewing a deep connection to the land and his Xhosa culture that resonates powerfully through his work today. His medium of clay or “umhlaba” (mother earth) is, at its most fundamental, a life-affirming connection to the soil. But by providing a medium for storytelling, it is also an essential energetic link to his past, present and future. Andile has presented his ceramics in exhibitions at galleries, fairs and museums all over the world. His work was included in Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, which premiered at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rheim, Germany, in 2014 before travelling to other major international museums, and in Graphic Africa at Habitat’s Platform Gallery during the 2013 London Design Festival. He is represented in New York by Friedman Benda, whose 2016 solo exhibition of his work, titled Camagu, was met with critical acclaim. His work has been shown at The Salon Art + Design and NY Now, Design Miami, Design Miami/ Basel, Design Days Dubai, Art Santa Fe International Art Fair, and AKAA Art Fair. A member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Andile has earned residencies around the world, most recently at Leach Pottery in St. Ives, UK, and shares his knowledge through master classes and workshops in South Africa and internationally. He has been included in museum shows at the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) and the Iziko South African National Gallery (SANG) in Cape Town, and has work in the collections of the Yingge Ceramic Museum in Taipei, Iziko SANG, NMMU Art Museum in Port Elizabeth, and the Corobrik Ceramics Collection. Andile is the recipient of the 2015 Design Foundation Icon Award and was the Feature Designer of the Year at 100% Design South Africa in 2018, where he presented his Iindonga Bowl collection. He was included in Artsy’s Top 10 Contemporary Artists Working with Ceramics, and was named one of the Top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail & Guardian newspaper in 2011 and the VISI magazine Artist of the Year in 2009.


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Southern Guild commissions, produces and exhibits contemporary collectible design by the most compelling talents in South Africa. The gallery has pioneered the collectible design category on the African continent, propelling its artists and designers to make original work that is distinctly local and globally relevant. Founded in 2008 by Trevyn and Julian McGowan, Southern Guild’s rigorous curatorial programme has shaped the world’s perceptions of African design and forged a unique vernacular in the international arena. Located in Cape Town’s Silo District, adjacent to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the gallery showcases limited-edition and one-off pieces that have garnered multiple awards and caught the attention of the world’s leading collectors, auction houses, museums and institutions. The first African gallery to present at Design Miami and Christie’s London’s annual design auction, Southern Guild shows regularly at Design Miami in the US and Basel, and has exhibited at PAD London, The Salon Art & Design and Collective (New York), and Design Days Dubai. Its artists have shown at the Vitra Design Museum and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and have work in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It frequently collaborates with New York galleries R & Company, Friedman Benda and Todd Merrill, further exposing its artist-designers to the most important international audience.
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