Art and politics: Blessing Ngobeni brings us back to the reality

Mail & Guardian | Athi Mongezeleli Joja:


Despite seeming flamboyant or childlike, the artist’s latest exhibition As If You Care tackles pertinent issues and shows his penchant for politic.

The present is a congested space, filled with things running parallel, transverse and superimposed. 

With a feigned naiveté almost comical, Blessing Ngobeni’s work imprisons the viewer until the tipping point.

This complex interplay somewhat defines what is often meant by contemporaneity. Blessing Ngobeni’s show As If You Care, is timeous in this sense, its large-scale mixed media paintings cutting across times, spaces, contexts and finding its voice through the palimpsest of references…


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