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Artonauta: Lionel Smit (SA) MOCA 2018 exhibition

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Watch the group’s first digital journey led by Artemperature’s Sara Spagnuolo. They explored the work of prolific South African artist & sculptor Lionel Smit.


There is an undeniable role that art plays in bringing people together in conversation, reflection, and most importantly, an appreciation for the many stories shared through it.


So it was a no-brainer when Afrinova founder, Kea Boccomino was invited by Artemperatura’s Sarah Spagnuolo to participate in Artonauta, a digital tour group of various artworks and exhibitions around the world.


Even equally exciting was our first artist selection: Lionel Smit whose artworks hold up an impeccable mirror to the multi-layered, multi-cultural facets of South Africa, and undoubtedly even the world.



Lionel Smit - Obscura exhibition

Smit was able to brilliantly visualise an intense kaleidoscope of identities, emotion and experiences


A firm favourite for Afrinova is Smit's exhibition at MOCA 2018 titled Obscura, which brings forth a notable representation of the multi-ethnic society of South Africa known as the Cape Malay.

This representation goes beyond visible facial features but also in the manner in which Smit uses layers of colours and brush stroke techniques to project a deeper message and inquisition into his subjects. Smit was able to brilliantly visualise an intense kaleidoscope of identities, emotion and experiences that we often lack to probe even within ourselves, and this, of course, is the beauty of his work.


Artonauta Journey to Lionel Smit's MOCA 2018

In this video, The Artonauta group led by Spagnuolo discuss Smit's

exhibition in detail, and give their perspectives on the historical value, messaging and impact that his work.




View more of Lionel Smit's art and exhibitions here


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