Witbooi’s political pop art

Channel 24 | Lwandile Fikeni:


‘What transpired in Parliament reflects the kind of state we’re in,” says artist Khaya Witbooi about the debacle that was this year’s state of the nation address. We’re chatting in front of his piece Cellphone Jamming (live at parliament) at Worldart Gallery in Cape Town.


“That cellphone jamming is something you did not expect to happen. That was the true state of the nation,” he concludes.

Witbooi’s work employs images borrowed from pop culture, art history, advertising and other forms of mass media. At first glance, one is reminded of the work of English painter and collage artist Richard Hamilton.

Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s soup cans also put in an appearance…

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