Asanda Kupa – Relearn, my soul
Kupa’s latest body of work that follows up from his previous solo. Relearn, my soul is a culmination of a period of Kupa’s self-investigation that grappled with the importance of the three stages of life: birth, life and death. His explorations have taken him on a journey to find himself, and in the process he has produced these works, which offer an illustration of this.
A recurrent feature of Kupa’s works are densely populated crowd scenes. He explains that “I use crowds as a symbol of oneness, that everything is connected and all is one’. In this sense, Kupa invites a sense of community and shared experience, reflecting his personal intentional commitment towards relearning.
Throughout the exhibition, his aim is to convey and explore change, for both the arts and the subjects he depicts. The works reflect three stages: destructiveness, messiness, and fulfilment – where each image unfolds and rebuilds across the picture plan and throughout the exhibition.
Relearn, my soul emerges from a space of fulfilment. Kupa delved into destruction, experienced messiness and reappears resolved and affirmed – having unlearned to relearn.