Gina van der Ploeg
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Emfihlakalweni (The secret, sacred place), 2020
Archival inkjet image on Hahnemuhle German etching paper
29.7 x 42cm
Phumzile Buthelezi was born in 1976 during the Soweto Uprising. Her formal education began at Thulani Primary School where, at the age of seven, she won 3rd prize in a drawing competition. High School started at Aurora Girls High where she completed her matric certificate at St Enda’s Community College. The formation of any species is mostly the combination of two or more factors that exist in a certain atmosphere, moulded by the presence or lack of a specific climate. The modern woman has been pushed to become a new species because of the climate she finds herself in. Her work is a manifestation of such aspects because it is a convergence of different types of materials through the use of different tools and traditional skills, in order to give birth to new species of artwork.