29 September – 29 October 2021
Malose Pete is an artist who uses painting and sculpture to bring across different societal perspectives with the hope of encouraging people to dig deeper than what can be considered normal.
He has been creating since he was a young man in the village of Ga-Mahoai in Polokwane. He draws his inspiration from moments of solitude that allow him to observe the world in a way that offers a different outlook. Malose believes that finding your authentic self is key to creating art that truly represents something that people never knew they needed.
In a statement regarding the upcoming Art Language of My Forefathers solo exhibition he says, “The artworks are made from the soil that my grandmother used to create wall decorations and mix with cow dung to polish floors with when I was way younger.
I took some of the techniques they used back then and fused them with the techniques I learned in my 10 year art career to create new and exciting presentations.
Their art was mainly used to preserve the look and feel of homes while my art has been to date about interrogating identity issues and belonging. I believe the two themes come together very well especially in the current society where new blended communities emerge in urban spaces and identities are challenged; where belonging is also a broader term since connectivity has made community a broader space.
The artworks seek to evoke thoughts of family preservation in ways where the old and modern blend together to create new ways of making sense of the world.”
Art Language of My Forefathers exhibition opens at the North-West University Gallery on 29 September 2021 and will be available to view until 29 October 2021.