Born in Soweto, South Africa, Tshabalala’s work expresses her interests in topics of representation particularly the representation of the black women in historical paintings. The artist noticed a pattern whereby the black woman in paintings was usually placed at the background and starts to disappear almost as if she is not present or is placed in compromising situations that reinforce the idea that the black woman is inferior and should be marginalized. The artist felt a strong need to challenge these ideas and give back the black woman’s voice in her paintings by placing the black female figure in a powerful position that allows her to be in control of her own body and the gaze that is exchanged between her and the viewer. The artist then starts to tap into topics of beauty, sensuality and the relationship between the black female body and the landscape.BKhz
Name an artist that can seamlessly have two solo exhibitions in two different cities that are in two different countries around the time – Well, Zandile Tshabalala is doing just that. Her premiere solo exhibition here in South Africa titled, “Lovers in a secret place” is taking place at BKhz in Rosebank, the show opens up on the 2nd of July 2022. Reminder, the other solo exhibition in Germany at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg is taking place on the 10th of July 2022.
For more information about the “Lovers in a secret place” exhibition contact: www.bkhz.art