Lizamore & Associates Gallery
29 June 2017 – 22 July 2017
HAMBLIN AND MATSENA CHALLENGE SOCIAL INJUSTICE IN TWO NEW BODIES OF WORK
Lizamore & Associates presents two solo exhibitions; InterseXion by Robert A. Hamblin and Us and Them by Lekau Matsena. Both bodies of work by Hamblin and Matsena advertently comment on social and political issues that are intertwined in society. These exhibitions open on 29 June 2017 at 18:00.
InterseXion is centred within Hamblin’s photographic images, voice and video installations pertaining to sex work in South Africa, in particular, work with feminine identified transgender people. In the height of many debates surrounding sex work, South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa says: “Whatever views individuals may hold about sex work, whatever the statutes may say about the legality of sex work, we cannot deny the humanity and inalienable rights of people who engage in sex work.” Following this line of thought, Hamblin seeks to encourage viewers to engage with transgender sex work, poverty and social injustice. The imagery offers a playful interaction between subject and the viewer whilst voice and video works, unveil some of the complexities surrounding sex work in South Africa.
Lekau Matsena’s debut solo exhibition, Us and Them, consists of the artist’s mixed media artworks which comment on ideological structures built into society. In this body of work, Matsena unravels, questions and challenges the uncomfortable space of political, social and racial divisions created by politics and the media in South Africa. Matsena carefully attempts to visually communicate the behaviours and actions different people express towards the “other”. Through these artworks, Matsena reveals the injustice of politics and thinking which create the division between “us and them”.
These exhibitions open on 29 June 2017 and ends on 22 July 2017 at the Lizamore & Associates gallery, 155 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood.