Thutswana ea e chesa naha.

Curatorial Statement

This body of work centralises and animates black African cosmology; these complex and highly textured assemblages of spiritual expression – diverse forms of images, archetypes, anthologies and values – are divorced from exhibition ideology of beggaring popular imagination and tourist escapade that rests on performative devices to beg for approval. Africa is at work; you are not in danger of her catching you with your pants down – she does not care to explain herself to you.

This exhibition is a commemorative site, spiritual component of living memory and way of life where black african children can participate in re-collecting buried knowledge to refortify and restore a sense of identity and cultural connectivity with cataloging of memorates, cosmologies and enduring cultural ideas. It revives a dynamic cultural and spiritual history violently stripped away and subjugated as a result of white imperialism and subsequent traumas.

Guiding this approach is a fundamental sense of sacredness and idea that the material world is endlessly affected by unseen powers.*Umsebenzi wabantu abadala*; The narrative of the guardians of Makholokoe re-situate the construction of reality beyond the limits of ordinary experiences, into the cosmic realm where the people are codified in the folkways, restoring the respect and identity of a people whose very existence has been threatened by European hegemony, Christian imposition, and its accompanying spiritual imperialism, it does not center itself around whiteness, before it makes everything dry and abstract with no meaning and no feeling.

Black african spirituality is not expendable, nor is it negotiable. Its presence and heartbeat is not annihilated, it is growing and it says *Tiyang makholokoe, ha atlas a ramadedi se qhalle kgotso le ganya e aparele chaba sa rantsho*.

∼ Tseleng Tshabalala

Di Betsa Majweng

Oil and acrylic on canvas

181* 130cm

R60 000,00

Mafifi matsho kobo ya tshokolo

Oil and acrylic on canvas

240*100cm

R60 000,00

Ntlo kgolo fatsheng La kgale!

Oil and acrylic on canvas

200*120cm

R75 000,00

Ra manaka WA fatshe la kgale

Oil and acrylic on canvas

120*100cm

R50 000,00

Ramanaka WA fatshe la jwale

Oil and acrylic on canvas

119*84cm

R50 000,00

Ra -phala

Oil and acrylic on canvas

101*101

R45 000,00

Lefatshe buleya

Oil and acrylic on canvas

101*101

R45 000,00

Kgotlanaphiri

Oil and acrylic on canvas

238*84

R50 000,00

Modimo O Motjha Rapela Wa Kgale

Oil and acrylic on canvas

200*120cm

R70 000,00

ThiBella

Oil and acrylic on canvas

84 *119cm

R42 000,00

Mofu Ntshwege

Oil and acrylic on canvas

120*100cm

R47 000,00

Mosupa tsela Ra masedi

Oil and acrylic on canvas

84*119

R50 000,00

Tahlelo

Oil and acrylic on canvas

101*101cm

R47 000,00

Majela lekholokoe

Material

45*30cm

R60 000,00

Tsenene ya lefu

Material 1, wood, screws, wire

40*27cm

R56 000,00

Ha Wetsi

Material 1, screws, wire, plastic

170*60cm

R100 000,00

Address

1 Hillcrest Ave,
Blairgowrie
Randburg, 2194

+27 79 503 9522

Gallery Hours:

Thursday – Saturday: 10:00-14:00
Sundays: 11:00-14:00
Monday – Wednesday: Closed (Special Appointments can be arranged)

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