Intraparadox, an interview with Mbali Tshabalala, Abstract Presence, TAF’22, 21 July

Tshabalala is the only artists that Gallery 2 brought to the fair under the project exhibition Ever-Present Shift. In the exhibition the artist delving deeper into representation as a device. Toying with ‘the gaze’ in a dual performance art production process as both the artist and seater in her compositions. She reflects on a given identity that anchors her being in our ideological landscape. Scant nuances that edifies what a woman should be. But her portrayal of herself in this guise boldly confronts, numerously, our expectations what a woman should be and as such the submissive expectant Umfazi’s aura is crowded by that of a regal persona in the body of work comprising the exhibition. These visual expositions realised in printmaking and painting were produced in collaboration with David Krut Projects. I had the opportunity to talk to her in the afternoon of the first day of the fair and what unfolded in our conversation was a personal reflection of the artist’s past four years as she gradually moved towards developing the project that bloomed into Ever-Present Shift.… Read More Intraparadox, an interview with Mbali Tshabalala, Abstract Presence, TAF’22, 21 July

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