Umlambo uzwiwa nge dondolo
10-25 September 2015
2012 Gerard Sekoto Award Winner Bambo Sibiya’s solo “exhibition “Umlambo uzwiwa nge dondolo”. Which opened at the Absa Gallery on the 9th November 2014, is now touring in the Alliance Francaise Network in Southern Africa.
Through this exhibition, Bambo explores the various aspects of township life with particular emphasis been given to single parents households which has become part of the formative part of his life and migrant labourers coming to Johannesburg at the peak of Apartheid in the hope of finding work.
In the series of children’s faces, Bambo invites us to celebrate the beauty and promise these faces holds for the world. These face documents the possibilities that children promises for the future. In these portraits Bambo not only presents us with these promises but makes us aware of the responsibility we have in shaping these futures and thus shaping the future of our country. These portraits become in a sense a further homage to his mother and other single parents.
While Bambo was growing up, the men that surrounded him and his siblings it was the men from the township that shaped and formed his understanding of men, amongst the men surrounding him it is the migrant workers, a cultural expression developed to living in an apartheid era. Swenkas, working-class Zulu men participated in amateur competitions that are part fashion show and part choreography, the purpose of which is to display one’s style and sense of attitude.
For Bambo as well as so many other young people growing up in these areas these ‘competitions’ became an important part of their formative years. These experiences, which became part of their formative years, as well as his current surroundings, becomes the true spirit of Ubuntu, which he wishes all South Africans to celebrate.
About Bambo Sibiya
Bambo (born: 27 April 1986) and his two siblings were raised in a township outside Johannesburg by their mother. At a young age their mother shaped and molded them, ensuring they grew up in a loving and supportive home, while at the same time balancing the running of the household and working to sustain the need of her family.
For Bambo, the love and support that his mother gave unconditionally fostered the respect and gratitude not only for his mother but single mothers in general. For him single mothers are having to play the part of two role models as a mother and as a father, balancing their duties as parents in raising our future leaders while at the same time overcoming daily challenges.
It is this experience that figures in his visual and conceptual compositions conveying the message that despite the hardships facing families and their survival, women still manage to find a way to feed, nurture and protect their children and keep their family in relative security,
Sibiya attended Benoni Technical College where he majored in drawing and painting. For three years, he studied printmaking, focusing on linocut and etching. Solo exhibitions include Human Spirit Art Exhibition at the Absa Gallery in 2013 and in the same year he exhibited internationally in Abu dhabi, Washington DC and London. For three months he worked as the artist in residence at the Cite des arts International, France
About the Gerard Sekoto Prize
The annual award sponsored by the French Embassy, the French Institute, the Alliance Francaise, SAVANA and Absa is Hosted as part of South Africa’s most prestigious art competition, ABSA L’Atelier. This prize is awarded to the most promising South African visual artist who earns less than R60 000 per year. It includes a return ticket to paris, nationwide touring exhibitions and training in French.
Previous Gerard Sekoto Award winners include:2013 Mongezi Ncaphayi, 2012 Bambo Sibiya, 2011, Isabel Mertz,2010 Bongumenzi Ndobese,2009 Nyaniso Lindi, 2008 Retha Ferguson,2007 Nina Barnett, 2006 Nomusa Makhubu, 2005 Lawrence Lemoana, 2004 Billie Zangewa.