Athenkosi Kwinana, DuduBloom More, Cow Mash and Hazel Mphande
Curated by Els van Mourik
12 – 15 October 2023
Berman Contemporary is delighted to present the works of four female artists:
Athenkosi Kwinana, DuduBloom More, Cow Mash, and Hazel Mphande at this year’s 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair held at Somerset House, London.
This year’s fair is set to be the largest to date, featuring 62 international exhibitors from more than 30 countries. Visitors can look forward to experiencing a diverse range of artistic expressions, with over 170 artists being represented.
We are truly excited about this year’s fair and look forward to seeing you there. Berman Contemporary’s booth will be located on the South Wing of Somerset House, at Booth S20, located on the second floor.
To those who will be unable to attend the physical fair, we are pleased to let you know that all the works by the artists presented at the fair will be on ARTSY.
As a Person Living with Albinism (PLWA), my artworks focus on the daily lives and interactions of PLWA within South African communities, and the world at large. My art practice enquires how black PLWA are currently being represented in contemporary South African visual culture, and what this signifies about stigma and prejudice around PLWA. I therefore explore the visual representation of existing societal issues, my albinotic body and attitudes around gender, as these pertain to PLWA.
My current creative process is guided by my self-given name, Cow. In my daily existence and in my art, I navigate my experiences and thoughts through cow metaphors, cow associations and cow analogies. I create sculptures that speak to the transformation of traditions and culture, using various synthetic materials and found objects. My artworks are an investigation of the past from a present perspective and a negotiation of possible futures, through the cow, as a bridge between everything. My work is an archive that is assisted by cow metaphors, to speak of my individual womanhood.
Throughout my work, I am always drawn to colour and the theory of it – I use it as a focal point. I see colour as a way to evoke a mood, as it affects my moods too. For each artwork, I intend to use shapes, line, and the qualities of colour to share my vulnerabilities and/or create a burst of energy. Colour is an extension of how I feel, and I embody the energy of those colours in the work I create.
In 2012 I was diagnosed with clinical depression. Growing up, speaking about mental illness, in a black and religious home, was completely taboo. As a child, I would experience feeling tired and overwhelmed and I assumed that these feelings would eventually go away, but they didn’t. I continued to experience metal exhaustion well into my adulthood and quite often it affected my work and relationships. I am interested in how we process and cope, when our minds are still trying to grasp our lived experiences, especially when dealing with trauma; how it effects our bodies and, in return, how we see the world.