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Exhibition Bongumenzi Ngobese

From the 7th of January to the 13th of February 2013 at the Alliance française of Pretoria, the Durbanese Artist and  winner of the 2010 ABSA Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award Bongumenzi Ngobese will present his artworks made during his stay in Paris. Ngobese explains his artistic endeavour like this: "My work is an investigation of cultural identity. Through my investigation, I look at daily cultural activities being implemented and regulated by black people in the cityscape. In this regard I look at my experience of being a Zulu male, negotiating a place to live in the urban context. I make use of traditional motifs from my heritage as a referent point to my identity in combination with mundane objects I find in the environment."

He further explains: "the appropriation of found objects in my work acts as a catalyst which enables me to understand my current position in the urban context. A found object invokes important meaning and possibilities to me metaphorically. It speaks about history, location and identity that which I become part of or exist in between. This correlation is crucial in my work as it enables a person to comprehend his or her relation to the physical environment, also allowing one to be clear of whom he or she is becoming as the world we live in changes so rapidly."

This exhibition is part of a regional tour around South Africa, made possible through the support of IFAS and the Alliance française de Johannesburg.

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