Het Parool: WonderBuhle | uNyezi

Het Parool publiceerde een artikel over de tentoonstelling uNyezi van de Zuid-Afrikaanse kunstenaar WonderBuhle. Lees het artikel van Kees Keijer via de link hieronder, of in de papieren versie van Het Parool van 1 april 2022.

“Het zijn gewoon bloemen, maar tegelijk worden ze in mijn gemeenschap ook gebruikt voor een speciale reden,” zegt Wonderbuhle. “Ik kom van een Zoeloestam en bij ons worden ze gebruikt in een traditioneel ritueel om met voorouderlijke geesten te praten. Ze worden gedroogd en verbrand. Mensen praten tegen de rook. Vervolgens geven de voorouders bescherming.”

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ABOUT WonderBuhle

WonderBuhle, born 1989 in South Africa, is a Durban-based visual artist from Kwa-Ngcolosi, a village that is still ruled by a chief. He started making art as a hobby at the age of nine. He says that his mother encouraged him to explore art as a career as he used to play with charcoal from the fire and draw stick figures on the walls of the house as a child.

WonderBuhle received his first formal training through the BAT Centre Artists in Residency (AIR) Program and went on to study fine art through the Velobala apprenticeship program at Durban University of Technology, under the mentorship of Themba Shibase.

The artist states: “I understand my artistic practice as a space between my inner soul, my dreams and my identity. I communicate my views from where I am standing as a black youth in South African society and the world at large. South Africa is in a moment of self-realization; reflecting and embracing its cultural diversities, whilst rewriting its stories through the lenses of young people who are curious, like myself.”

WonderBuhle had his first solo exhibition at the Durban Art Gallery in 2018 and has been included in numerous group shows at Unit, (London, 2020); The Art House (Wakefield, 2018); Michaelis Gallery (Cape Town, 2017); KZNSA (Durban, 2015) and the African Art Centre (Durban, 2014). In 2016, he was the recipient of Bremer Kunststipendium Art Grant (three-month residency) and in 2020; he took part in the La Brea Studio Artists Residency in L.A.