Tuesday, 14 July 2015

"Umlambo Uzwiwa nge Dondolo" by Bambo Sibiya 20 July - 1 August 2015

2012 Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Winner’s Solo Exhibition

  The French cultural network of Alliances Française in Southern Africa, together with ABSA L'Atelier Art Competition, in collaboration with Alliance Française de Durban and artSPACE Durban, is pleased to announce “Umlambo Uzizwa nge Dondolo”, an intriguing solo exhibition presented by winner of the prestigious 2012 Gerard Sekoto prize, Bambo Sibiya.

The solo exhibition Umlambo Uzizwa nge Dondolo - a traditional isiZulu expression literally meaning “to test the waters, in the hopes of  deciphering someone or something’s character” - is an exploration of the various aspects of township life, with particular emphasis on single-parent households and the position of men within these households. Within this discourse, Sibiya explores the lifestyle of migrant labourers who had left their families and moved to Johannesburg at the peak of Apartheid, in the hopes of finding work.

Sibiya’s visual and conceptual compositions are influenced by the characters which have become an impressionable part of his experiences being one of three children raised by a single mother in KwaThema Township, just outside of Johannesburg. In his works, Sibiya captures women’s eternal fight for finding ways of feeding, nurturing, and protecting their children and families. In the series of children’s faces, Sibiya invites us to celebrate the beauty and promise that children hold for the world, but never forgetting to make the viewer aware of the responsibility that one holds in shaping the future of South Africa. Sibiya further pays homage to the township men who he and his siblings were surrounded by during childhood. Amongst these men, were migrant workers referred to as omuSwenka (the swenkas) who would regularly take part in amateur fashion shows to flaunt their immaculate fashion sense and cheeky attitude.

The exhibition ends on Saturday, 1 August at 2p.m. 


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