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dynamicafrica:

Nandipha Mntambo - “Praça de Touros" (2008).

Shot in the now abandoned Praça de Touros arena in Maputo where black Mozambicans once fought for the entertainment of the colonial Portuguese, Mntambo rehearses the steps and takes on the persona of a professional bullfighter - a role usually reserved for men.

Where no animal is present, Mntambo dons an animal hide on her back suggesting that in the absence of an actual bull, she is both the fighter and the victim, the hunter and the hunted, both the fear and the feared in a scenario where neither occupant had agency over their being in the ring and the consequence of what lay ahead. 

About the cowhide, Nandipha says, “I have used cowhide as a means to subvert expected associations with corporeal presence, femininity, sexuality and vulnerability.”

Nandipha Mntambo was born in Swaziland in 1982 but grew up in Johannesburg. She obtained a Masters in Fine Arts from the Michaelis School of Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town in 2007, and in 2011, she was chosen as the Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art .

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artpractical:

This cultural attitude pressed her to think as an artist about how people would react to a completely hairy female form. Using herself as a model (because she hadn’t figured out “the politics of representing other people,” she says) she began making these hirsute forms.
Matthew Harrison Tedford on Nandipha Mntambo —> http://bit.ly/19D6JRx
Image: Nandipha Mntambo, Titfunti emkhatsini wetfu (The shadows between us), 2013; cowhide, resin; left: 125 x 134 x 29 cm, right: 147 x 152 x 27 cm. Courtesy of the Artist and Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm.

artpractical:

This cultural attitude pressed her to think as an artist about how people would react to a completely hairy female form. Using herself as a model (because she hadn’t figured out “the politics of representing other people,” she says) she began making these hirsute forms.

Matthew Harrison Tedford on Nandipha Mntambo —> http://bit.ly/19D6JRx

Image: Nandipha Mntambo, Titfunti emkhatsini wetfu (The shadows between us), 2013; cowhide, resin; left: 125 x 134 x 29 cm, right: 147 x 152 x 27 cm. Courtesy of the Artist and Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm.

artanddresses:

Title unknown, by Nandipha Mntambo. She’s done a series of meditations on the Victory of Samothrace using cowhide and hooves.

artanddresses:

Title unknown, by Nandipha Mntambo. She’s done a series of meditations on the Victory of Samothrace using cowhide and hooves.

masebotsana:

Sculptor, Nandipha Mntambo, talks about creating mirror images of the human body at Design Indaba, Cape Town.

youdidwhatnow:

Nandipha Mntambo: …everyone carries a shadow VI, 2013

youdidwhatnow:

Nandipha Mntambo: …everyone carries a shadow VI, 2013

ffactory:

Nandipha Mntambo, Cape Town from “There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends” (2012, ph. Pieter Hugo)

ffactory:

Nandipha Mntambo, Cape Town from “There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends” (2012, ph. Pieter Hugo)