Artist Statement

Athenkosi Kwinana

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 inquires how black PLWA  are currently being represented in contemporary South African visual culture, and what this signifies about stigmas and prejudices around PLWA. I therefore explore the visual representation of existing societal issues, my albinotic body, and attitudes around gender, as these pertain to PLWA.

In so doing, I aspire to deepen understanding of Albinism in South Africa, precisely because black society generally deems PLWA as different, invisible, socially unacceptable and, therefore, subject to abuse. I aim to constructively reimagine the representation of Albinism in South African black communities, in African contemporary art, and within the greater world.

Athenkosi Kwinana