Ntshembo Shiviti

Ever since I was a child my Artworks has used revealing aspects of history, which have a profound impact on our contemporary traditional culture today. In the current society where many believe history has no relevance, I find myself continually returning to those aspects that are often hidden or misrepresented in the modern day society. As an Artist I usually focus on the stories that I grew up being surrounded with and the power of the African culture of the Tsonga people together with their sense of fashion. My inspiration comes deep down from my own identity as an African. I usually express my thoughts about things through my Art which is also my way of telling rural stories to urban society in this way I also express my identity who I am as a person and not forgetting where I come from as well.. As a child I grew up in the rural village where there was more to Art, culture and religion and these things were depicted in all the activities that were done in our daily lives, it became a part of who I am as an Artist. My xibelani dance Artwork shows a traditional Tsonga event where woman gather to celebrate the surnames and clans, these events using called “Va n’wa swimani mani”. These events are usually attended by woman as u can see only woman depicted dancing on the Artwork. However the are other events where both men and women gather to celebrate. Art remains as a strong contender of how we share our thoughts and ideas. Throughout history, art has survived the tidal wave of information, and remains an unpredictable source of both imagination and reality for example my Artwork titled “mother’s comfort”, I’m telling a story of the role woman play in our society as the ones that take care of our households and our kids always feel safe and well taken care of whenever they are around, this Artwork shows a mother carrying a child on her back and the child is sleeping peacefully. On the Artwork titled “African girl” I’m telling the every day morning story of the life and roles the woman play in our society and these also include the challenges they face, as you can see the girl is from the river she’s carrying a bucket of water and it have become unpleasant to her as you can see on her face she doesn’nt look happy but on the positive note she’s looking forward to a new day as I have used the bright colours to depict a beautiful morning on the Artwork. The use of materials in my work is mainly acrylic paint on canvas, these paints allows me to experiment more using different colours and I can clearly paint the colour blocking African colours particularly African outfits

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