TREVOR STUURMAN INVITES US INTO HIS LATEST PROJECT, A GALLERY MADE TO FEEL LIKE A HOME
Trevor Stuurman connects art, music, food and like-minded individuals.
Contemporary multimedia visual artist and stylist Trevor Stuurman’s work has seen him exhibit internationally and collaborate with the likes of Beyonce on Black is King.
Born in Kimberley, Northern Cape, he’s certainly come a long way from his upbringing but thanks to his awareness of his identity he’s remained grounded – which truly makes him special.
The latest project from the award-winning creative is an exhibition with Botho Project Space, called ‘A place called home.” It’s a culmination of collaborations which exemplify the pride and beauty of creative African excellence.
Turning a house into a curated home of visual encounters, he has brought an experience like no other to the Johannesburg suburb of Parktown west.
“It was important that we hosted the exhibition in an actual house and to turn the house into a home. We did a complete renovation of the space and on the interior worked with different collaborators to bring together the story of home. For me it’s a timestamp. Furniture, just like fashion, is able to communicate a different time and place,” shares Trevor.
The spaces evoke feelings of belonging through carefully selected exhibitions that serve as a bastion of the talent and beauty on our continent.
The dining area is home to the series ‘Tombolo Beauty’.
“The work features Tongoro, one of my favourite African brands. The philosophy behind Tongoro is that they are building an African dream and it was quite an honour and privilege to be part of the building of that dream.
“This brings me to the next collaboration with Houtlander.” Trevor shows us a table titled “The Sunday Table” and it basically explores different conversations and different connections that take place with different tables where we get to break bread. It is basically a conversation about connectivity and community.”
By challenging the conventions of a typical gallery, Trevor has crafted a space which reminds us that art is meant to enhance our lived experience.
“Design, music, art, fashion for me all exist in one world and fashion for me is the cornerstone of my work. If I’m shooting people, they’re always dressed in a certain way and it’s always in a very elevated, very stylish and honorable position. For me it’s about restoring black pride and dignity, and about celebrating our heritage and our culture.”
It is through sharing art with our community that we are invited to experience a zest for life. Trevor’s vision has encapsulated this truth, which he is proudly sharing with those who share in his vision.