This summer I had the privilege of taking my first trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, where I visited many amazing galleries and artists' studios, as well as attended the JoBurg Art Fair. I went to several studios each day, and in total I was able to visit 70 plus studios. One artist I was really impressed by is Nandipha Mntambo, a sculptor/photographer/performance artist. She is doing beautiful, intense works that combine female human bodies with cow animal hides. Artists in South Africa are greatly influenced the vast landscape and the racial tension that still exists. It was inspiring to see so many artists artists drawing inspiration directly from their cultural and geographical surroundings. Below are some pictures from her studio.
Nandipha was born in Swaziland and earned her BFA from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. She has been featured in a number of solo and group shows, both in South Africa and internationally.