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Mncedi Madolo

MadoloIV Jungle

Mncedi Madolo’s work has so much room for growth and so much incredible potential to explore the mediums, subject matters, and materials in ways that will truly enrich his work. If one has time, please do visit his studio at Ellis House Art Building or search for his work online to make your own judgment.

Athi Mongezeleli Joja on the South African artist Mncedi Madolo
Jungle IIV

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Lisolomzi Pikoli


The figures in the exhibition were expressed in a way that concretized their historic circumstances as black bodies. Being immersed in a space that welcomes their lack of navigating their bodies in a culture that makes what is visual pedagogic.

Themba Tsotsi on the South African artist Lisolomzi Pikoli.
Rhizomes, 2020

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Jean David Nkot


My work used to focus on migration. However, it was a way to depict the human condition. Thus, it is not all about migration but more about the human condition. For me, the human condition gathers the inequalities existing between individuals. This notion also includes the way they consider each other. For a year now, my work has been exploring the topic of raw materials to depict this human condition

Cameroonian artist Jean David Nkot shares his creative process with Mukanzi Cynthia, 2020, Courtesy Afikaris Gallery

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Zanele Muholi


By playing photographer and subject, Muholi keeps the authenticity of both roles and redefines the transaction between those roles. It is true to say that she is both (and neither) the dominant and submissive party. This is the traditional power dynamic examined through the styles she uses.

Christabel Johanson on Zanele Muholi
Somnyama Ngonyama II, Oslo, 2015 © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York.

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Ronald Odur


So I think it’s very right for artists to engage in politics in their work just like they deal with other issues in their society, it’s still their mandate. At the end of the day, politics affects everyone, if there is a rise in sugar prices, I don’t know if artists don’t take tea or don’t use sugar. If there is insecurity in the country, the artists won’t even create, so we have to talk about these issues so that there is a change.

Matt Kayem interviews Ronald Odur

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