Born 1990 in Hofmeyr (South Africa),
lives and works in Los Angeles (USA) and Cape Town (South Africa)
Simphiwe Ndzube’s hybrid sculptures and pictures interrogate post-colonialism and the history of apartheid. Stretching out in space, their dreamlike political landscapes investigate the origins of a cosmos located between unexplored lands and unnavigable seas, with magic realism a constant influence. For the Biennale, the artist stages a procession with two groups of contrasting sculptures: spiritual people and gravediggers, caught between the fight against exploitation and the urge for change; their clothes are given special attention. The artist continues to tap the themes that haunt his work, while also making connections with the 1786 silk-worker uprising and a much larger one, “la révolte des canuts”, in 1831, which are both landmarks in Lyon’s political and social history.