Michael Tshepo Selekane
Michael Tshepo Selekane, born in 1986, is an accomplished visual artist hailing from the rural village of Uitvlught in Mpumalanga, South Africa. In the early 90s, he moved with his mother to Mabopane, a township north of Pretoria in the Northwest Province, where he would discover his passion for art. Michael Selekane’s practice is anchored in interrogating the socio-political realities of Post-Apartheid South Africa. His work focuses on land and spacial issues, which often presents itself in the form of landscapes and interior scenes which allude to the aftermath of Apartheid legislation such as the Group Areas Act of 1950, in a post-democratic era. Both referencing the state of corruption that has left many homeless, as well as the complexities of having to reconcile who the latest enemy is. His works have been showcased at prestigious events such as the FNB Joburg Art Fair, Turbine Art Fair, and The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. In 2014, Michael addressed the CEO’s and Chairman’s of 100 FTSE companies during a presentation held at the Lord Mayor’s house in London. The presentation featured one of his artworks, which was auctioned by Bonhams London. This was a significant milestone in his career as a visual artist, and it cemented his reputation as an artist of note.