Simphiwe Kaka

My work is a compilation of self-portraits which yearns to introspect the journey of an ordinary Xhosa man, examining the current and historical stereotypes which have shaped narratives about what a man must do and shouldn't do. I specifically paint the subject with a tone of red to illustrate the time after initiation when I had been bathed in earth and lingered in the wilderness in the process of becoming a man. I use that to contrast and forge an identity which looms within the current society and how it would probably be taboo to walk around dressed in contemporary gear while being "red".

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