Abongile Sidzumo was born in 1996 in Cape Town, where he currently lives and works. He completed his degree in Fine Arts at the Michaelis School of Fine Arts in 2019. Sidzumo works with leather offcuts and repurposed materials to create works that reflect and interrogate humanity, the way we co-exist and our relationship with nature; he re- visits memories and connects them to spaces he has lived in as well as the everyday life of marginalised communities. Leather is often associated with luxury, wealth and power. Through his process of res- tichting and weaving this precious material, Sidzumo is proposing that we start thinking about repurposed materials, connecting it and his process of stitching to notions of heal- ing trauma that has been inflicted on black communities during apartheid, in a sense, his practice also functions as a manner of interrogating the continuous healing of black communities in post-apartheid South Africa. His work was shown in “We’ve come to take you home”, an exhibition of works recently acquired by the University of Cape Town. Sidzumo is a recipient of the Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize, which has afforded him a solo exhibition at Everard Read Gallery in Johannes- burg in 2020. In that same year, he was a runner-up for the Cassirer Welz award, hosted by Strauss & Co auctioneers.
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