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Simphiwe Ndzube

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.

Oeuvre de Simphiwe Ndzube
Simphiwe Ndzube, On The Shoulders of Giants, 2018. © Photo : Karley Sullivan