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|Thoba, utsale umnxeba” (2010) |
Nicholas Hlobo’s handmade costumes serve the function of helping to establish his character within his performance pieces. In the piece above, the title of which means “to lower onself and make a call” in Xhosa, Hlobo wears his robe and cap in meditative concentration in order to communicate with “the space, the museum, the gallery, the location of the museum, the culture — the culture is almost foreign to me,” as he says in a interview. Hlobo’s practice includes sculptural pieces which sometimes incorporate clothing as ways to challenge or interrogate gender, sexuality, and culture and relationship of each to different notions such as comfort, pleasure, or protection.
Even if a police crackdown, the internet and the increasing use of mobile phones suggest their days are numbered, tart cards are still so pervasive they are now regarded as items of accidental art and have something of a cult following. Once on the periphery of design, tart cards have influenced the work of many mainstream artists such as Royal Academician Tom Phillips and Sex Pistols designer Ray and Nils Stevenson.
Thursday, 5 April 2012