Artist Statement

Athenkosi Kwinana

As an individual living with Albinism, my artworks explore the daily life and interactions of People Living With Albinism ( within my communities and country. In creating my current body of artworks, I intend to draw attention to the representation of PLWA, particularly in black South African communities.

My art practice inquires how the current representation of black PLWA in contemporary South African visual culture and what does this signify about stigmas and prejudices around PLWA. Therefore, I explore the visual representation of existing societal issues, my albinotic body and attitudes around gender, pertaining 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 Africa at large.

Athenkosi Kwinana