MEMOIRS OF LIGHT
NOW ON | 18 - 30 MARCH '23
Ramzi Mansour | Samantha Lee Osner | Martin Osner
Presented by the Osner Private Collection
Opening: 18 March to 30 March '23
Opening hours: 10 am – 4 pm (Mon - Sat)
Address: The Argyle, 1 Argyle St, Woodstock, Cape Town
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A compelling new fine art exhibition, “Memoirs of Light” opens in March in
Cape Town. The exhibition features Leica Ambassador, Ramzi Mansour, along with an acclaimed father and daughter artist duo, Martin and Sam Osner, and will present 18 new artworks on show for the first time.
The exhibition’s name makes reference to the themes that run through the artworks in the collection, all of which embody a timelessness and ethereal quality. The evocative pieces allude to memories and recollections of yesterday and to reminiscences of people and places, perhaps from the past.
A "behind the scenes" discussion between the artists
Meet the Artists
Ramzi Mansour was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1973 of Lebanese and Hungarian descent. After graduating from University in Canada, he built up successful businesses in Nigeria in the fields of power generation, investment and venture capitalism. In his late forties, he turned his focus to philanthropy, supporting charitable causes and exploring the creative arts. He moved to Cape Town in 2017 and it was here where he picked up a camera for the first time. Photographs he took of a friend’s son ended up on the desk of a modelling agency and with this his new career as a photographer took off. Since then, he has become known for his black and
white portraiture of women and he has been published in many magazines, both print and online. Mansour and his wife produced a coffee table book called “Resilience” which tells the stories of 42 South African women and their journeys with cancer. The book was exhibited in the UAE in partnership with Leica Dubai, with the digital version having now been downloaded over 300 000 times. “Resilience” was donated to medical organisations in six countries around the world and the download was made available at no charge. Mansour was named a Leica Ambassador in 2021. Mansour’s focus on philanthropy allows his photography to remain self-funded. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his wife, Nicole, and two children.
SAMANTHA LEE OSNER
As a young and emerging artist, I am drawn to minimalism and exude a feminine style. I explore various mediums, including paint, transfers and overlays, to uniquely capture the world's beauty and nature around me. Through my art, I aim to reflect the simplicity and elegance in the natural world while also expressing my unique perspective and emotional response to the subjects I depict. My artistic process is driven by my innate curiosity and desires to create. I strive to create art that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also evokes emotion and creates a connection with the viewer. Art should not only be appreciated but also inspire and provoke thought. My goal is to continue pushing the boundaries of my mediums and constantly explore new techniques and ideas.
Osner eschews "straightforward" photography in his work, favouring a more artistic vision that accords with his visual understanding and spiritual appreciation of the world. A multi-award-winning artist, voted the best contemporary international artist 2008/2009 by Arteque art volume 3 (Masters of Today), his photography is characterised by an urge to explore, with the willingness to experiment and a desire to create. Concentrating intently on an elemental form, pattern and shape, paired with an inherent sense of restraint, he believes simplicity is the cornerstone of successful imaging.
Today, Osner practices as a mixed media artist specialising in contemporary fine art photography, offering limited edition Gicleé and traditional black & white vintage prints in a collector's market. His collection consists of ghostly abstract renditions, moody landscapes, social documentary, and mixed media prints.