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Ukuzihlukanisa

4 June 2022

The 2021 Cassirer Welz Award winner, Mpumelelo Buthelezi’s solo exhibition Ukuzihlukanisa, curated by Thlalefi Maditsi. This exhibition has been supported by Strauss & Co, BASA: supporting grants programme and NAC. 
In Ukuzihlukanisa, Mpumelelo explores ideas of self-reflection, identity, and spirituality through black and white digital photographs. Through a series of self-portraits and portraits, he has produced a new body of work that takes inspiration from the isolation experienced during the national lockdown. In the initial stages he used his bedroom as a studio to make the self-portraits, seen in the choice of props used by the artist: bubble wrap, tin foil, lace fabric, bed sheets, and other materials found in a home. The images attempt to depict the meditative state of the artist when he started to wonder about the biblical concept of an angel and how he could elevate himself spiritually to attain the level of divinity and purity described in the holy book. As the process developed, Mpumelelo invited his friends to participate in the act of image-making, reflecting a need for companionship drawn from his inclusion of others in this introspective work.

Participating: Mpumelelo Buthelezi’s solo exhibition Ukuzihlukanisa

VENUE:

BAG FACTORY ARTISTS STUDIO
Address: 10 Mahlatini Street Fordsburg/Newtown, Johannesburg
Tel: 011 834 9181
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 17:00.




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