Wallen Mapondera: Tsananguro / Clarifications
From May 27 to July 1, 2017, SMAC Gallery will present Tsananguro / Clarifications by Zimbabwean artist Wallen Mapondera.
Wallen Mapondera uses the socio-political symbolism of animals, and their disposition to explore the human form of power structures in which power rests with a small number of people. To present his case, the visual templates he uses suggests human characteristics for animals or inanimate things as well as relating to, or being a deity conceived of animal form or with animal attributes. The pleasant and beneficial in nature or influential power of animals to teach, question and affirm us is explored in our daily relationships with them. He juggles sensitive current theme such as the absolute power lust of human beings over their kin and also over animal beings. African cultural psychology in relation to animals is also a dominant thread that weaves these ideas together.
Wallen Mapondera was born in 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe. He holds a diploma from the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design. He has featured his works in several exhibitions including African Expressions, University of Avignon, France (2010); Colour Africa, Zeitgenössische Kunst Aus Simbabwe, Kulturallmende, Munich, Germany (2011); Between the Sheets, Gallery East, North Fremantle, Western Australia (2012); Nothing Personal, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch; and Suddenly A Dissident, Point of Order Gallery, Johannesburg (2016).
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