Mlu Zondi, winner of the 2006 MTN New Contemporaries Award, writes: “My work is a direct result of the frustrations in trying to find creative ways through which to express myself. As a performer with a theatre background, I had to find a style that will not only expose itself in one genre but can actually be celebrated on a variety of artistic platforms. The works are my own confrontations with issues that haunt me…suppressed emotions emerge during creations and performances that become therapeutic I work in collages where things and associations that don’t have a connection get shifted around in the work until there is a connection. My works are organic creations and they never reach a point of completeness. Everyday they evolve to take new forms and shapes and everyday they grow. The object is also to see how far they can grow and how they will look once they are complete. That challenge keeps me working all the time as there will always be new material to be added to the work and new structures to be included. That means I will never be out of work and will always have a space to crush my demons.”
In the KZNSA cinema, Zondi will exhibit Despotica, a performance art video installation created from the Experimenta Series conceived during Zondi’s two months residency in Belgium in 2008, and first performed at Bains:Connective, Brussels. The video on exhibition at the KZNSA was produced in Johannesburg at the Bag Factory Studio in 2008.
Mlu Zondi is an artist of international stature, and has exhibited at Rodriguez-Amat Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Spain (2008); KVS, Brussels (as part of Faustin Linyekula, Carte Blanche, 2008); Seoul Performing Arts Company, South Korea (2007); along with a formidable schedule of national performances including the CAPE Africa Platform, the National Arts Festival, the FNB Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg and Jomba Contemporary Dance Festival in Durban.