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Simphiwe Ndzube

Born 1990 in Hofmeyr (South Africa),
lives and works in Los Angeles (USA) and Cape Town (South Africa)

In his hybrid paintings and sculptures, Simphiwe Ndzube interrogates postcolonial narratives of the South, crafting dreamlike political landscapes that overstep borders. “I’ve attempted to create the genesis of a cosmology that finds itself in the ‘uncharted lands and trackless seas’ I call the Mine Moon. It emerges from the tradition of magical realism and is expanding to currently unknown points.” For the Biennale, he plunges us into an immense theatrical forest where he stages a carnival-like procession with two opposing groups of sculptures: spiritual people and gravediggers, caught between the fight against exploitation and the desire for change. Here, the artist continues to explore the themes that haunt his work, while also making connections with the “révolte des deux sous” (an uprising of Lyon’s silk workers in 1786) and the “révolte des canuts” (successive uprisings — in 1831, 1834 and 1848 — of the silk workers, who were called canuts) — two struggles that marked the city’s political and social history, and which resonate with the history of the Fagor factory.

Simphiwe Ndzube, Journey to Asazi (détail), 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste et [of the artist and] Nicodim Gallery, Bucarest [Bucharest]/Los Angeles ; STEVENSON, Le Cap [Cape Town]/Johannesbourg [Johannesburg]/Amsterdam. © Blaise Adilon