A poignant piece in from Khaya Witbooi's recent body of work, depicts the traditional 'impi' and it references the current wave of negativity around police activity. “The people who die at the hands of the repressive violence of state become martyrs, which is why I sometimes use the SAPS shield as a halo. It symbolises that what happened on such a fateful day is a de facto a transfer of power from the state to the people. Now, there is another centre of power, which is outside the confines of government. The martyrs will never be forgotten – despite to the state.”.
The familiarity with the masters of pop art from the USA & Europe is shown deliberately. “I appreciate Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein,” Witbooi explains, “it has helped me look at the language of things in my immediate environment to help me communicate my particular circumstances and environment.”
KHAYA WITBOOI / Mind Control
Khayalethu Witbooi combines stencils, graffiti and layering with wit and a lightness of touch to create some of the most sought after art pieces we carry. Khaya is commanding excellent prices and he recently graduated to solo exhibition status at some of the best Johannesburg galleries. Khaya delivers powerful commentary on rampant commercialism and its effects on the African psyche.
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