Tshepiso Moropa: The Memory of Me in Her
What does it mean to exist, to be prevalent, current and present? And what role does these themes play in our lives?
Madlozi Art Gallery presents the exhibition 'The Memory of Me in Her' by South African artist Tshepiso Moropa: an exhibition that intimately explores themes around sexual and gender identity, interiority, femininity and the freedom to define the nature of 'Self'.
Moropa beautifully unpacks the layered nature of the self and the distinct personal markers that define and inform our journeys toward achieving a sense of wholeness ad acceptance within. This body of work builds on the artists ongoing exploration of the Black female body through time and space. She situates her subjects in various times throughout history and by doing so re-inserts them into times and spaces where they would historically have been excluded.
Her images further explore subjectivity and representation with the artist depicting herself in her works as a figure central to their narratives. Inserting her own image and form into her collages Moropa also addresses the lack of centrality of Black and queer bodies and narratives from mainstream discourse and visual art spaces on the African continent and globally.
Using her signature digital collaging and illustrative layering techniques the artist creates new and hopeful portraits that affirm the identities of her generation through the use of contemporary visual and digital art making practices as a conscious intervention. Her new solo project is designed to as a celebration of the blossoming inner self and its ability to eclipse the silencing and suppression of our identities by religion or state.
In `The Memory of Me in Her' the artist uses this new body of work as an opportunity to draw on her love of surrealism and symbolism. She infuses her works with rich visual metaphors alluding to the fertility of the human mind and the power of imagination to access our higher consciousness. What the artist desires is to see us confidently occupying our internal spaces with a deep sense of acceptance of self and the complexity of our sexual and personal identities.
About the Artist:
Tshepiso Moropa is a South African born contemporary visual artist, photographer, illustrator, painter, digital artist and archivist. Tshepiso's visual artistry is predominantly about identity amongst black women, exploring issues surrounding gender, race, hysteria, sexuality and politics. Through using digital collages as a primary medium, the artist via her work questions the expressions of sexual and gender identities, the connection between the conscious and subconscious, ego and the superego, hysteria, emptiness, what is right and what is wrong, light versus darkness. Similarly, the artist's use of surrealism illustrates the potential of the self to transcend being narrowly defined, for the subconscious self to be visually present and engaged. To achieve these layers the artist draws on visual juxtaposition of images and themes, again questioning what’s real and what is unreal.
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