Cape Town Exhibitions 2015. Artist Mawande Ka Zenzile At Stevenson. April 2015.
STEVENSON is pleased to present Statecraft by Mawande Ka Zenzile, his second solo exhibition with the gallery.
Statecraft follows on from Ka Zenzile’s 2014 exhibition, Experimentation: All Hell Break Loose, which ‘explored how culture, commerce and institutionalised power determine (or dictate) our lived experience’. With this exhibition Ka Zenzile continues his interest in politics, with a particular focus on the construction and destruction of nation states.
Ka Zenzile writes:
In this body of work I use the mediums of painting, sculpture, video and installation to explore themes about the state, morality, death, power, violence, and politics. This exhibition pays homage to the men and women who built the pyramids and those who pioneered the fabric of the politics of our time.
According to Ka Zenzile, various cultural mediums – including literature, music and theatre – have over time served to entrench our belief in particular ideas as ‘truth’, instead of seeing them as well-constructed sets of concepts that have been disseminated to the public for specific political effect.
I’m fascinated by how the construction, or destruction [of nation states] is facilitated ideologically by the use of images as a form of propaganda, or by political rhetoric, in a world that is affected by geopolitics and capitalism.
Employing familiar imagery sourced from the internet, art history and popular culture, Ka Zenzile’s new body of work provides the viewer with an opportunity to see these images from a different perspective, by taking them out of their usual contexts and assembling them in conversation with each other.