A solo exhibition by Loyiso Mkize

02 March 2017 – 31 March 2017

This collection is an exploration of the contemporary black experience, encapsulating the varied themes that inform the modern black landscape. This body of work intends to extract familiar key aspects to take apart, understand and reassemble what belonging to this group is and what belonging means. Specifically, how we are represented in conversation with how we choose to represent ourselves.

Both on the continent and the diaspora this topic is complex in its contextual detail, historical reference and cultural diversity. It is lush with conflicting aspects that are continuously entwined with peoples’ reality and lives. Conversations and instances that reverberate through this identity, where systems dictate how they must navigate in order to survive however incoherent in nature or maddeningly destructive it may be.  It is in the nuance of how these societal absurdities become normalized that my story begins.

In this body, the figures appear radically aware of themselves and their predisposition – even in their placement as something to be viewed. They stick out of their cages and scripted suppositions, exuding an alternative impression of humanity. They embody love, strength, dignity, perseverance and pride. Each depicted presence is a declaration of alive-ness, a determination of uplifted consciousness, and a reclaiming of dignity.

It is their re-appropriating/ repurposing of notions that simply prove inconsistent with the ever expanding black man or woman’s sense of self.

These are portrait paintings with attitude. Like the narrative of their subjects, they insist on the viewers’ attention. Combining the refined classic style of painting with abrupt cascades of floral motifs amplified by dark outlines, there is a playfulness between the real and unreal. This blend of styles is also symbolic of nature overcoming nurture.

I celebrate these people as I see their manifestation as subjects in the real world everyday. On the streets, on the news, in magazines, on television; it is in these moments that I find myself in awe. There is a spirit of overcoming which has taken over the past catalogue of horrors, horrors that a group people have endured purely by the colour of their skin. It is a spirit of righting wrongs and existing unapologetically. It is existing gloriously regardless. That is BLACK MAGIC.

First Thursday

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Amandla Lulwazi

Loyiso Mkize
Amanda Lulwazi
2017
Oil on Canvas
100 x 170 cm

SOLD

Awaken

Loyiso Mkize
Awaken
2017
Oil on Canvas
100 x 170 cm

SOLD

Loyiso Mkize A luta Continua, Vitoria e Certa (The struggle continues, Victory is certain)

Loyiso Mkize
A luta Continua, Vitoria e Certa
(The struggle continues, Victory is certain)
2017
Oil on Canvas
100 x 170 cm

RESERVED

Bambanani (unite)

Loyiso Mkize
Bambanani (Unite)
2017
Oil on Canvas
120 x 170 cm

SOLD

Loyiso Mkize Imbokodo

Loyiso Mkize
Imbokodo
2017
Oil on Canvas
100 x 120 cm

untitled

Loyiso Mkize
Untitled
2017
Oil on Canvas
85 x 170 cm

Crown

Loyiso Mkize
Bambanani (Unite)
2017
Oil on Canvas
120 x 170 cm

SOLD

Dignity

Loyiso Mkize
Dignity
2017
Oil on Canvas
100 x 130 cm

SOLD

The expendable

Loyiso Mkize
The Expendable
2017
Oil on Canvas
85 x 170 cm

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