The term art is relatively one and the same within South Africa’s scenery. Country wide, art studios and galleries are usually spread across various cities, giving away a hint of SA’s incredible talent, but in kasi (township) neighborhoods many baubles of creative nature are revealed as I explore my home in extreme lengths, depths and widths. In my space, the work of art and different crafts are usually displayed in melancholy public buildings and on the hub of the buzzy streets. Well, it may be best to SHOW and not tell, right? Then here we go, go ahead and immerse yourself into Faith47’s work (whom according to JHBlive is “one of a handful of genuine Mzansi graf celebrities”) and daringly be the judge of that.
This series of images is entitled : “The Long Wait”. And here’s what the artist Faith47 had to say about the imagery:
“Miners are waiting for justice.
Workers are waiting for a living wage.
People are waiting for service delivery.
Refugees are waiting for assistance.
Men are waiting for jobs.
we are all waiting for an honest politician.
So many people are waiting for others to do things first.
To take the blame.
To do things for them.
To take the fall.
To build the country.
To admit defeat.
There has been so much waiting in this country that much time has been lost”
Moral of the narrative art: The closer one looks at an artwork and thinks about its meaning, its use, and its history, the greater the potential for understanding the stories it conveys In all parts, this particular artwork reflects the identity and traditions of a place I call home.
Kasi Nativist absolutely loves it! And she says….well, there’s nothing else to say. The images do the talking. Awe!!!
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