Central Space
impression of the entrance space of ODA

"The Wing @ ODA"
ideal for solo exhibitions or small group shows

"The Loft" @ ODA
beautiful exhibition space upstairs

Impressions
the impressive double volume construction & window display

 

Our ethos is consistent: promote this generation of artists from the African continent, nurture talent & surprise collectors by innovative exhibitions,  unprecedented professionality and quality.

ODA is situated in the center of Franschhoek, the gourmet, wine and art capital of South Africa’s Cape Winelands district. The picturesque village, only a 45 minutes drive from Cape Town, attracts international as well as South African visitors with a taste for art and fine living which makes it an ideal location to show fine African art.

The inspiring double volume gallery that spans over 160m2, incorporates three distinct exhibition spaces. The entrance room with its welcoming lounge area, the so called “Wing” that lends itself perfectly for solo exhibitions and the “Loft” that offers an ideal space for group shows. This particular, architectural configuration allows for several exhibitions to run simultaneously.

ODA, fine art opened in 2011, predominantly focusing on contemporary artists from the greater Cape Town metropolitan area. Over the years the ‘curatorial curiosity’ expanded beyond the borders of South Africa. An exciting exhibition schedule mirrors this development, showcasing fine art from across the African continent. In 2015 the idea to redefine the concept of ‘Pan Africanism’ within a fine art context, was born. ‘Pan Africa’ has developed into an ongoing project with several large group exhibitions, including emerging and established African artists from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. ODA presents a series of solo exhibitions throughout the year that run parallel with the group shows.

Patrizia Litty, owner and curator, who studied fine art & design in Munich, Germany, introduces her penchant for quality, a drive for perfection, as well as an unlimited will and passion for the fine arts. She celebrates the beloved continent that she calls home since 25 years and wishes to inspire a cross cultural dialogue that ultimately will bridge continental borders.


Vision Statement

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”
(Auguste Rodin)

 
VIEWING TIMES
Mon - Sat | 09:00 - 17:30
Sun | 09:00 - 17:00

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CONTACT | ADDRESS
ODA Gallery
42 Huguenot Street
Franschhoek
Western Cape, South Africa

+27 837743603
patrizia@odagallery.co.za

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'FOCUS ON WOMEN' Exhibition by Mbongeni Fakudze The exhibition can be viewed at ODA fine art between the 6th and 30th of August 2017 ------------------ Mbongeni Fakudze is an emerging mixed media fine artist born in Swaziland in 1982 and currently living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mbongeni's body of work focuses on the contemporary African women, their beauty, pride, unique stance but also addresses issues that women face in a society that undergoes a roller-coaster ride of a transition from a traditional African culture to a modern democratic society where women enjoy equal rights - or so on paper at least! The artist carefully weaves symbolism into his powerful portraits, such as pieces of money (the lobola system is still in place where a groom has to pay money to the parents of his future wife), or women wearing head scarves as a symbol of womanhood and power. But his great strength lies in the understanding of the ways in which objects and images impress upon us via essences of colour, shape and texture and how this affect us as deeply as the physical form to which they are ordinarily attached. The paintings are thus held in an innovative balance between a focus on form and the endless associativity they inspire. ARTIST STATEMENT ‘My art explores the concept of solidity versus fluidity versus gaseousness. I’ve always seen the world through the microscopic eye of an atomic physicist and simultaneously the cosmic eye of an astrophysicist and herein lies the two extremes of physical existence…of my existence. In observing my strokes, one can observe that the surface of the canvas and the surface of the skin of my subjects are broken down and disintegrated. I use my expressive strokes to articulate a discontinuity in both the skin of my subject and in the surface of the canvas… In this series of female portraits I explore the concept of the un-solidness of identity … gaseous, fluid and solid simultaneously… fluidity of identity… which layer, which state of matter truly represents the person.’

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