Artwork depicting male LGBTQI+ issues, by Swazi artist Banele Khoza, is now on display at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
Supported by Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and forming part of the institution’s Curatorial Lab focus on LGBTQI+ issues and rights, the exhibition is described by Museum as follows:
“Banele Khoza’s figurative abstraction depicts colourful portraits of the male nude – obscure ghostly figures in a palette of mostly pink and blue. The acrylic pigments are combined and blurred together in fervent brushstrokes that seem to be applied with acute sensitivity, but also a sense of the uninhibited. They bleed and drip into empty spaces, while pencil sketch marks reveal compositional form.
“Romantic and dreamlike, the portraits allude to sensual fantasies underpinned by homoerotic desire mixed with feelings of vulnerability and incompleteness. Is this fanciful exploration an attempt to mask the everyday reality of loneliness?
“Technology and social media, from the digital information age, came with a promise to form intimate bonds between communities and individuals. But, it also delivered the convenience of superficial relationships – fleeting connections of bygone lovers made in cyberspace. Perhaps, these men yearn for acceptance and to find belonging in a society disconnected from deeply meaningful relationships.
“Khoza’s visual language examines the suppression of complex and diverse expressions of masculinity – an attempt to liberate the emotion between men trying to find love from each other in today’s filtered virtual world.”
The exhibition runs until Sunday, September 16. Entrance costs R180 per person via webtickets.co.za, or can be purchased at the door.