Exhibition ImbholaSimphiwe Mbunyuza4th August to 30th September

“Imbhola” is the traditional face painting of the Xhosa people, who refer to it as “Qaba », or “smearing”. They smear their faces with red clay which is thought to inspire them with creativity. The distinctive patterns on their faces, composed of small drops around the eyes and cheeks, are called “ukucokoza”. This way of using clay has made them different from other people within the Bantu cultural group for whom they are known as “amaQaba”.
Simphiwe says of his work, “my creativity as an artist has been inspired by the people i grew up with. Observing them and collecting the patterns they used has enabled me to incorporate them in my art in a way that speaks to us today.”

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