Who is Setlamorago Mashilo?
Setlamorago Mashilo is compelled by a sense of social conscience. He
incorporates proverbs and idioms in his mother tongue (Sepedi) into his
multidisciplinary art practice, to translate the community’s oral histories into artistic interventions and installations. Continuing the thread from his earlier works, Mashilo’s work centres around the consequences of displacement, migration and peoples inclination towards Land. By articulating and interrogating narratives that resonate
individually and collectively about our sense of loss, nostalgia and inherited memories. His work becomes a form of conversation about our society’s values; how they are deeply encoded in our language and in objects and, ultimately, how that shapes the communities of which we are a part. Mashilo has exhibited in the Netherlands, South Africa, the UK, Germany and China. Recent awards in South Africa include the Facebook Fan’s Choice at the 2013 PPC Young Concrete Sculptor Awards and the Turbine Art Fair and Sylt Emerging Artist award in 2014.