Sphephelo Mnguni is a young visual contemporary artist from Umlazi Township, Durban.
He completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art at the Durban University of Technology in 2016 and graduated in 2017. Mnguni has exhibited in most galleries in Durban and is also involved in the Durban street art scene, having done a number of murals in the city.
Mnguni enjoys exploring various artistic modes of expression, from sound, film, painting, drawing, digital art, and street art. But of all the creative techniques, he likes collaging. Hence he made a monumental collage installation titled Compositionz in 2017, curated by himself and Matthew Ovendale at The Other Room Durban. He worked on a film titled Windows of Solitude (produced and directed by Ndumiso Mnguni) in 2015 which won the Emma Smith Scholarship Award at the Durban University of Technology. The film inspired him to produce his own film in 2016 entitled Staircase: Ubuqhophololo which was part of his Bachelor’s Degree and this film was also nominated for the Emma Smith Scholarship Award.
Mnguni’s work is an artistic exploration of the contemporary South African status quo, focusing on social classification, amongst other sociopolitical issues. His practice influenced by having to comute via public transport, from an underprivileged township space to a more developed sub-urban environment. His work is propelled by the hierarchies and inequality observed through his daily travels, and he attempts to figure out the root cause behind these realities, post-apartheid.
Exhibitions at the KZNSA