In late 2018, Muholi commissioned 25 emerging artists to interpret photographic images from their ongoing self-portrait series Somnyama Ngonyama, a project that speaks to the social ills associated with politics of race, gender, politics, collectivism, and sexuality faced by South Africans, and others globally. Collectivism and visibility are core values firmly rooted at the heart of the project.
Muholi is an internationally celebrated and award-winning visual activist based in Johannesburg. Originally a ‘Born in Durban’, Muholi recently returned home to give back to their community, and share their skills, wealth and expertise to help develop a younger generation of aspiring artists, thinkers, and activists.
The IKHONO LASENATALI project also commemorates 25 Years of Democracy, with most of the commissioned artists from the ‘born free’ generation. The exhibition showcases the hidden or latent talent of these remarkable KwaZulu-Natal based artists who work in a variety of mediums and utilizing different techniques. These include wood-cut printing, beaded string, oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, pastel on paper and digital imaging, among many others.
Curatorial statement by Bajabulile Dhlamini (co-curator)
The exhibition is open for viewing at KZNSA Gallery, Durban, 8 May – 2 June 2019.
Participating artists are:
Mpilo Makhanya, Bongani Luthuli, Lindokuhle Khumalo, Mlamuli Mkhwanazi, Mthobisi Maphumulo, Mduduzi Dzanibe, Londiwe Mtshali, Andile Maphumulo, Sthenjwa Luthuli, Lungisani Ndlovu, Nomusa Mtshali, Morgan Mohape, Sphephelo Mnguni, Ncumisa Mcitwa, Major Ndlovu, Mondli Mbhele, Zwelinjani Radebe, Khulekani Mkhize, Lindani Nyandeni, Nhlakanipho Mkhize, Thembi Mthembu, Thalente Khomo, Wonder Mbambo, Nkosikhona Majola, Nhlanhla Chonco