The memory of Sol Plaatje is a giving opportunity by his followers, scholars and enthusiasts all over the world. A man of a giant stature in his kind deeds, remarkable literary work, and love for his fellow man. Often undertaken at his own personal sacrifice…..that was Sol Plaatje, a man loved by his people.
He lived for the advancement of others well captured in a Solo Art Exhibition by a Mahikeng/ Maftown born Fine Artist Giorgie Bhunu, Noble Existence a 35 Life size oil-on-canvas visual narrative of the life and times of Sol Plaatje. The portraits feature some of the most celebrated Pan African personalities including the likes of Charlotte Maxeke, Olive Schreiner, W.E.B Du bois, Marcus Garvey, Enoch Sontonga and many other prominent leaders of his time.
Noble Existence opened on 4th October 2017 at National Art Gallery; the William Humpreys Art Gallery and is open till 3rd November 2017. The opening was attended by scholars of Sol Plaatje, friends of the gallery and stakeholders including family and the Sol Plaatje Education Trust. Sabata – Mpho Mokae an Author of the book “The Story of Sol T Plaatje’ published in 2010, made the keynote address that spoke to the heart and core of what art means to our society. Find his keynote address speech 'An artist as the righter of wrongs" on our blogspot.
The mood was definitely edutainment, such an informative, light spirited and unifying ambience as guests consumed art while appreciating the memory of Sol Plaatje, through a fine artist's interpretation of the man in a visual narrative about his life and times.