We often consider heritage in the abstract, emotional contact centering the feeling of heritage rather than the construct of its systems. In the African context this is even more prevalent as Western constructs and relevancies have been placed on traditional systems in a manner that has devalued their intentionality, form, and impact in our modern world.
South African artist Zana Masombuka uses her Ndebele heritage, and specifically the ideas on design, form, and community to inform her practice and identity as she seeks to build a future narrative. This talk with a 20 minute Q&A uncovers her journey to doing so, how it shows up in her art, and how we can intentionally form and make ancestral discoveries to not only strengthen identity but to find tools to understand and build ourselves.
Date and Time
Friday, July 24. 12PM EDT // 5PM SAST
Zoom Video Conference
Zana Masombuka is a Johannesburg based creative director who draws inspiration from her upbringing in rural KwaNdebele, in a small town called Siyabuswa. Her art speaks to Africa’s active role in the next wave of this global phenomena and how African artists aim to pioneer the stories being written about their continent and its people, which is fundamental to the preservation of its heritage.
Zana Masombuka has showcased her work with the Julie Miller Art Institute for their Winter Art Collective’18 and the Spring Art Collective’18 exhibitions; as well at the J&B Hive