'Prison of Color' (2020)

'Prison of Color' (2020)

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Zenande Mtati

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"I try to capture the black experience in my work – the world from a black person’s perspective," says Zenande Mtati, whose work combines drawing, painting and collage. Prison of Colour is a humorously frank look at race and social relations. Echoing vintage boxing posters and playing on the phrase 'person of colour', Zenande lends the surreal subject of "White Jesus versus Black Jesus" his characteristically irreverent point of view.
 

56.5 x 75.5 cm | mixed media on Fabriano | unique

 
Zenande Mtati (b. 1993) is a self-taught interdisciplinary artist who specialises in drawing, painting, photography and digital collage. Born and raised in Gompo township, East London, Eastern Cape, now based in Johannesburg, his work reflects his world as a young black South African.
 
Zenande's art consists of social commentary, iconology, identity and culture. As a film alumni from CityVarsity, Cape Town, he has also worked on several projects in film and photography, including the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh Film Festival, Adidas Area 3 (commercial), and Nandos (commercial), to name a few. Zenande's experience in film influences his approach to photography. “My images are influenced by film. I see them as moving pictures. Growing up I was inspired by directors, such as Spike Lee, Mbongeni Ngema, John Singleton, and Martin Scorsese. I love how they are authentic and honest about their life stories. I also use my life as a reference for my art.”