Motsomi exhibits his artwork at Linneus, Sanitas

Motsomi exhibits his artwork at Linneus, Sanitas
Motsomi exhibits his artwork at Linneus, Sanitas

Four visual artists have collaborated to stage a two-week long exhibition at Thapong Visual Arts Centre. The quartet comprises Tebogo Motswetla, Abednico Sechaba, Kelebogile Marope and Isaac Chibua. The exhibition themed ‘Open Spaces’ opened its doors to members of the public last Thursday May 19, and will end on May 30.

Though his works are in various mediums but for this show, he explained that it was more appropriate to make works that could be framed and hung on the wall. He uses the pieces that comprise of ink drawings, paint and charcoal. “In the cases wherein I have used collage, I have also found materials and used them in unison with the drawn elements of the work. I studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa where I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Fine art and Honours Degree in Fine art. I have been practicing as an artist for approximately 10 years now,” he said.

The young man said issues concerning the black body inspired him, particularly how its perceived and how black people engage with space. For the current exhibition, most of the work he is showcasing are portraits of individuals he encountered in various places and spaces. The large drawings are made of crushed charcoal, ink and transfer prints are the standout pieces for him. He said they had a certain weight to them that he really appreciates.

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