ZWELETHU NANISE (1985 - ) Zwelethu Nanise’s work explores cultural hegemony with a focus on imposed Western values, beliefs and their post-colonial remnants. He often uses non-conventional media and his artwork ranges from painting and drawing to sculpture and ceramics. Juxtaposing symbols, signs and images play a large role in his work and the viewer is challenged to re-image the acquired perception of everyday phenomena. Nanise aims to unsettle ideological beliefs and open up a wider dialogue on issues that are perpetuated through media, the education system, religious institutions and the state. Nanise, born in Soweto, is a visual arts graduate from the University of Johannesburg (2010) and lives and works in Johannesburg. In 2009 his work was featured at the Sasol New Signatures competition and the ABSA L’Atelier competition exhibitions. Nanise has participated in a number of group exhibitions; Oppitafel, Lizamore and Associates (2010) and more recently The Beginning and Bleed, Blossom, Bloom, both at the Touch of Genius Gallery in Randburg, Johannesburg in 2019.
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