Pardon Mapondera (b. 1992, Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe), is a full time artist currently living and working in Cape Town, South Africa.Read More
His textile works fashioned from plastic bottles, straws and thread ruminates on the burgeoning ecological crisis that is set to displace swathes of people in the coming decades. While Mapondera’s works acknowledge the presence of manmade waste, they also offer a view for an alternative future where these materials can form part of the climate crisis solution. Mapondera is able to create beauty from that which has been discarded, perhaps a metaphor for humanity’s ability to forge new beginnings from the shortcomings of the past. He proposes, “Artists are the eye of the world, we make futures and are the justice warriors. We look forwards and backwards. We have the ability to change things. Art reveals the truth”.
Text courtesy THK Gallery .
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