Their Humble Abode
Genre: Fine Art
Format: Exhibition Capture
Duration: 8 – 31 July 2021
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Senzo Shabangu was born in the village of Driefountein, Mpumalanga, and now resides in Gresswold; he spent a large part of his childhood living at an apostolic mission station. Imagery from this time in his life features regularly in his work. Shabangu often places city landscapes emerging from below and suspended above his characters creating an almost claustrophobic sense of being surrounded by the city. Within this theme, Shabangu also deals with movement in the city and how people are moved. Many of his works look at how people live and the politics surrounding forced removals.
Senzo Shabangu is a multidimensional artist from Johannesburg whose work explores space, alienation, and identity. Shabangu believes in the importance of social commentary in art, bringing his visions from God to life, exploring power dynamics in art, as well as the importance of paying it forward. He is currently producing works in his new home and his art studio and recently collaborated with a group of artists at a retreat in Knysna – sharing and experiencing various mediums.
Their Humble Abode was created for the Residencies for Artists and Writers (RAW) project hosted by the Arts of Africa and Global Souths research programme at Rhodes University. Senzo Shabangu was the selected Artist in Residence in May 2021, and mounted this solo exhibition at the RAW Spot Gallery.