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ANDREW NTSHABELE




                                                            understand the root causes of the          using is contemporary newspapers
                                                            current inner-city decay. “My work         linked with articles about Covid-19

                                                            is a social commentary on the              and also vintage newspapers with
                                                            socio-economic challenges that the         great head lines. Besides this I have
                                                            majority of Black South Africans           been working with and on old letters
                                                            face in a post-colonial South Africa.      and postcards which gave me a lot

                                                                                                       of joy. My aim in my current work
                                                            My paintings incorporate more than         is to highlight the past as well as
                                                            one medium, they are a fusion of           the present. I believe and know that
                                                            collage and acrylic paint, and are         the old world as we know it , is the

                                                            produced from photographs I take           thing of the past...we are entering a
                                                            on my daily travels around the inner       digital age..now more than ever , is
                                                            city and its outskirts” Andrew says.       important to preserve history and
                Andrew Ntshabele, born 1986,                Andrew has experienced a lot of            document it. I am fascinated and

                lives and works in the inner city of        challenges which COVID-19 brought  excited as I do this through and with
                Johannesburg. His art is informed by        and lockdowns as well as restrictions      my art.”
                his environment as he observes the          didn’t make life easy.
                world around him with critical eyes.

                His mixed-media paintings – a fusion  “After the Covid-19 pandemic hit the
                of collage and acrylic – depict what        entire world, I felt that people need
                he sees and lives in every day.             some art and some sort of joy in this
                Andrew was born in the small rural          challenging time.My new and current

                town of Moruleng in the North               artworks depict a more joyful feel, I
                West Province of South Africa and           have been exploring working in large
                moved with his family to the city at        and medium scale works primarily,
                a young age. He studied Art at the          the material I have been

                University of Johannesburg and was
                awarded his BTech degree, majoring
                in painting, in 2013.

                                                                                                           The image shows Andre Ntshabele’s
                “I have lived in Johannesburg since                                                         latest solo-exhibition in Berlin 2020
                the age of four and have witnessed
                its physical, socio-economic and
                political changes post-Apartheid,” he

                explains. “I still live in the inner city
                where I’m confronted by poverty,
                pollution and urban decay every day.
                I’m interested in the people who live

                in this environment, in the negative
                effects of rapid urbanisation and
                how they put a strain on the people I
                encounter and interact with daily.”

                Andrew’s works investigate the
                social predicament of the city to












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