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About The Artist

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Artist Biography

Mbali Tshabalala (1988) is a Johannesburg based artist and curator, artist and creative entrepreneur who has recently relocated from Cape Town after spending two year as assistant curator at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA). She’s currently completing a Bachelors Degree in Fine and Applied Art from the Tshwane University of Technology.

Mbali studied printmaking at the Art Proof Studio and has a background in Graphic Design. She is also the founder of the Collective UNTITLD, Anecdotes Gallery and Project Space and has been working as a curator in Pretoria, Cape Town and Johannesburg for the last six years.

Artist Statement

My artistic practice is an ongoing interrogation of ideals around mental health in black societies; expressed through cultural and religious beliefs that assert misconception and contribute to uninformed notions and superstitions such as, ‘black people don’t get depressed. or ‘mental illness is a symptom of bewitchment or privilege’.

"I embrace the manifestations of an evolving self"

I seek to liberate myself from these notions. My work is stylistically and structurally experimental, steming from a desire to invoke the spirits deep within, those of my forefathers, as a means to seek peace and ask for guidance from knowledge paradigms that are rooted in African knowledge systems. Through my work I embrace the manifestations of an evolving self, one who exists in a new age yet finds solace in the ways of old, in letting go, finding healing and possibly a place of understanding.

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