Mongezi
Ncaphayi

My work explores issues of politics, power, gender and social atrocities that govern our daily lives. It is also an unearthing of a collective history of a people displaced from the homelands into an urban system and landscape, thus raising issues of colonization of the individual, physically and psychologically; and the simulation of other cultures imposed. The area of focus is generation gaps; personal relationships; the inheritance of our countries’ history and the significance of roles of male and female in our society, comparing between the past and present.

I have this fascination with collecting objects which form the basis and stimulus for my work.  Thus, I believe objects are carriers of a history and in a way they are of significance in such that through them we can be able to trace our heritage, cultures and even we can find out more about the personalities of the people who happened to use these same objects on a daily basis to earn a living.  On a personal note, I could say that my inheritance from my grandparents were actually more of working tools, as they were displaced from the homelands to an urbanized environment to become laborers.

Extract from: Mixit Print Studio - Fine Art Printing

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