April 2010 - Nicholas Hlobo, 2010-2011 Visual Arts Protégé
As part of the Rolex Arts Initiative selection process, potential protégés are invited to submit samples of their work, which show the range of their skills and talent.
Leather, rubber, gauze, ribbon, steel, found ball-and-claw chair leg, butcher’s hook, chain.
Part of an installation, Uhambo, a solo show at Tate Modern. The title means “blanket of the nation”, and this piece is a tribute to the South African landscape, 2008
Izinqanda Mathe (Companions)
Examines forced relationships occurring where they normally would not.
Saddle, ribbon, rubber, chains, 2008
The work examines traditions that have vanished while the people hold onto
the fairytale-like of what they used to be, 2009.
Mondle Umkhulise (Feed and Nurture)
Rubber, ribbon, canvas, lace and nylon ropes. Performance, 2009.
The work is about nurturing whatever one has cultivated, and protecting things that are important, such as a dream, a child or something more literal. It also relates to maintaining peace and good relations between people of different ideals, races or socio-economic status.
Ngubani Na Lo? (Who is This?)
It is about taking an interest in who people are and where they come from, and
to question the roles they are filling, 2009.
Umphanda Ongazaliyo, (A Vessel that Never Fills Up)
Rubber, ribbon, canvas, lace and nylon ropes, 2008.
The stomach-like object was inspired by a conversation the artist had about religion with
a stranger who questioned God’s intention in creating man with a stomach.
The stomach, in this man’s view, is the main reason the world is never in peace.
Unotshe Okwempundu Zelawu
Ribbon and rubber inner tube on fabriano paper, 2009.
The title is a Xhosa expression used to remark during an argument when one makes false statements. To the artist, the expression also relates to most things that one sees in brief and cannot make sense of.
Unyulu, (Pure, Virgin)
Ribbon on fabriano paper, 2009.
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