Sthenjwa Luthuli is a socially conscious artist who reflects on contemporary South African society.Read More
Luthuli’s capacity to critically analyse the ever-shifting social landscape he grew up in has made him one of South Africa’’s most sought after young artists. His creative voice draws attention to the restrictions that are still placed on the lives of ethnic minorities in South Africa. Sthenjwa elucidates the reality that, for many, life is about restrictions, about control, about being told what to do and how to do it.
Pattern, texture, and design are very important to his practice, both aesthetically and metaphorically: the surface of the works seem to shimmer and shift under the eye, their ever-changing nature mirrors the capricious behaviour of the South African state. The figures are headless: a symbolic gesture to the important connection between education and liberation. They are shackled by circumstance, their free will eroded by the abused powers of state and a lacking social infrastructure.
Text courtesy Unit London.