Interested in the idea of origins, artist Thebe Phetogo (b. 1993 Botswana) weaves between figurative and abstract landscape painting, in conversation with race and Setswana geography, mythology and knowledge systems. Containing multiple references beyond just the sacred mountainous caves that are at the heart of his work, Phetogo points towards an indigenous art history. “Each of us ‘makes’ the world. In other words, it is our positionality that allows us to imagine each of our own immediate worlds. In my work, I endeavour to make visible the specific ‘world-version’ I carry visible.”
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