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/ PHUMELELE TSHABALALA, SOUTH AFRICA

Phumelele Tshabalala

Artraker Biennial Awards 2017

CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: UNITED STATES / SOUTH AFRICA

Looking both ways was created in direct response to the breaking of the black body in contemporary Africa and America with emphasis to the persisting nihilistic attitude of black South Africa. The latter became a focus to extend the progressive conversations of the Black Lives Matter movement.

 

The work is made up of large-scale mixed-media works on paper, created from previously discarded printmaking paper scraps that have been conjoined. These works carry imagery of broken black bodies that are overlaid with a digitized frottage of Afro-combs. Each work reflects a symptom of a larger socio-political system that continuously devalues black lives; where greedy opportunistic public leaders build their own agendas on the legacy of appalling political systems that continue to govern.

 

The work acknowledges the duality of black social-political misery in both countries; yet it aims to encourage discussions on race and social injustice. Emphasis is placed on the idea of a contemporary spectacle; widely known in extreme police brutality in the US and in South Africa’s misguided mobs gathering to see black bodies beaten and necklaced. The work aims to challenge/questions how we are to build a genuine multiracial democracy and sustain it in an era of global economy and moments of xenophobic frenzy

 

 

 

 

 

Phumelele Tshabalala

A montage of silent faces offering unremorseful and distant portraits 2.1

Series - Looking Both Ways

Large-scale mixed-media works on paper

 

© Artraker CIC 2017

/ ARTRAKER, 2017

/ ARTRAKER BIENNIAL AWARD

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