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8 July 2020 - 31 August 2020

In his debut solo exhibition Lwando Dlamini explores themes surrounding the ability of individuals to emerge triumphantly from adversity. 
The subject and conversation about the impact of violence has always fascinated Dlamini. Whilst in primary school he was bullied extensively and because of this he studied karate for almost ten years, which grounded and taught him the art of self-discipline and focus from a young age. Dlamini’s very personal experience of violence and trauma has ignited an interest in the mystery of the human body and its ability to resuscitate itself. During a prolonged coma aged 10, doctors told his mother that they would need to switch off life support because his body was not responding at all and that he was deteriorating day by day. However, he regained consciousness but was left completely paralysed and had to relearn the most basic of human functions. 
Dlamini also recalls the traumatic experience of being attacked by South African Police when he was 20 years old and left for dead. Unconscious on arrival at hospital he was referred to as John Doe.
Dlamini describes himself as a pacifist by nature, but because he had been subjected to violence on a recurring basis his expressive compositions and avid use of paint and colour reflect this history. 
Dlamini states that when he paints, he creates fictional characters who are in search for survival, turning away from death and obscurity just as he did. These are nameless John Does finding themselves between their destruction and TRIUMPH.

Participating: Lwando Dlamini


Address: 67 Loop Street, Cape Town
Tel: 021 424 9985 || Email:


I Can See Your House From Here

Participating: Ed Young

Opening: Thursday 27 August 2020 - 26 September 2020

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