Michaelis Galleries curator Nkule Mabaso presents a selection of artworks representing the myriad ways artists use animal motifs allegorically to reflect on human conditions. The group exhibition has been extended until 29 July.
The exhibit challenges the dehumanisation entrenched in stereotypes that liken black bodies to animals.
“Look at how this year has unfolded, with references in the media to monkeys. It made me think of how allegory has been used by artists to make a human-animal comparison that is not derogatory, but has a critical element to offer,” she explained.
Using animals symbolically to speak about human problems is not easy, given the violence black bodies endure within the public imagination.
“This exhibition explores the actual and/or unresolved historical grievances persisting in SA,” Mabaso explains, making it clear that we cannot sustain a status quo, where the majority of citizens are robbed of both their dignity and their humanity.
For more information, contact Nkule Mbaso on 021 650 7170.
Story Kate-Lyn Moore. Photo Michaelis Galleries.
Caption: Nandipha Mnntambo’s pieces, Purge, can be viewed at the Michaelis Galleries as part of The Circus and the Zoo exhibition.
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