Mbali Tshabalala

Mbali Tshabalala
Mbali Tshabalala is a mixed media artist, curator, and creative entrepreneur. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine and Applied Art from the Tshwane University of Technology. Mbali was one of five featured artists for the 2019 Latitudes Limited Edition in collaboration with David Krut Projects for the Latitudes Art Fair. She appeared in the Thami Mnyele Fine Art Award top 100 list in 2019 and she has worked as an assistant curator at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA). Mbali uses the curator as artist approach and artist as curator acumen in her practice. She has curated the Young Capital banner of The Joburg Fringe and has shown her work at the Pretoria Art Association, the Constitution Hill, North West University Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery amongst others. Mbali studied printmaking at the Artist Proof Studio and has a background in Graphic Design. She is also the founder of the Collective UNTITLD, Anecdotes Gallery and has been working as a curator in Pretoria, Cape Town and Johannesburg for the last seven years. Artist Statement My artistic practice is an on-going interrogation of ideals around mental health in black societies, particularly in black women. Although faced with many inequities that stem from racism and sexism, black women are often expected to be of limitless resilience, tenacity and to embody ‘The Strong Black Woman’ persona. As a black woman who has been battling depression and anxiety, I have struggled reconciling feelings of being ‘weak’ while genuinely needing professional mental health. This is further stigmatised by cultural and religious beliefs that assert misconceptions and contribute to uninformed notions and superstitions. My work seeks to debunk these ideals and act as an agent of healing, to redress my own self stigma and self-sabotage.

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