The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us globally, most found themselves locked away and frustrated, while some found a new meaning to life. Identify with Me is currently relevant because anyone would find themselves lost in these desperate times, many would choose certain paths for the sake of survival, and that might not resonate with their own identity. The display of these artworks will serve as nothing but a mirror by reflecting reality. The exhibition focuses on self-identity and the process an individual would go through in order to form some sort of an identity within the modern society. There are various ways to express identity and it comes in all shapes and colours, no one can really define what identity should look like. Self-identity is influenced by surroundings and what each individual interacts with daily. Judging from the fact that ‘no man is an island’, every person’s identity contains bits and pieces of their interactions. The contents of Identity is considered to be wide and heterogeneous, not limited to the physical body of an individual (Vivian Vignoles, Identity: Personal AND Social, 2017, Researchgate.net). There will be different concepts that cover mental health, the journey and spirituality, all these express the meaning of self- identity theory, and the audience will get to experience and feel the slow gruesome and liberating process of finding one self. Identify With Me should reveal the underlying psychological and social processes, the reasons and the results for choosing a certain identity, featuring artists such as Neo Mahlangu, Leroy Tumi Mapholo in collaboration with Gudani Maswoliedza (Photographer) and Nkateko Hlongwane (Model), and Mpho Mosola.
Leroy Tumi Mapholo, Inheritence 3, 2020
Digital archival print, 59.4 x 84.1 cm
R20,000 ex. VAT (framed)
Neo Mahlangu, Ode to Friendship, 2021
Acrylic, charcoal and Pastel on Canvas, 90 x 90 cm
R12,500 ex. VAT
Zannele Charlotte Libambo (South African) was born on the 18th of April 1997 in Mpumalanga. In 2020 she obtained a national diploma in Fine arts at the Vaal university of Technology. She expanded her skills and knowledge in art by volunteering to assist curators from 2017 to 2019 at the Bodutu gallery in the Vaal university of Technology. In the year 2019 she started applying her knowledge by working as a mentor for first year students at the Academic Development Centre in the same university. Zannele Libambo was part of the South African Heritage Research Agency, and currently serves a Young Patriot at the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and National Youth Agency.
Leroy Tumi Mapholo, Inheritance I, 2020
Photographic archival print, 59.4 X 84.1 cm
R20,000 ex. VAT (framed)
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