Song­bird, Fly High And Far

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In post-Apartheid South Africa, Ke­mang Wa Le­hulere rep­re­sents a new gen­er­a­tion of artists us­ing mul­ti­ple medi­ums and for­mats to re­mem­ber the de­struc­tion and re­pres­sion of that era. A re­cur­ring mo­tif in his work is the bird, which sym­bol­izes the yearn­ing for free­dom and the voices that were si­lenced dur­ing Apartheid. In an ef­fort to pre­vent older cre­atives from be­ing for­got­ten and fad­ing away, Wa Le­hulere fuses the old with the new by rein­ter­pret­ing works by older black South African artists, in­clud­ing those by Gla­dys “Bird Lady” Mgud­landlu, who sim­i­larly used the bird ex­ten­sively in her art. Wa Le­hulere is Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year, and his first solo ex­hi­bi­tion, Bird Song, will be show­ing at the Deutsche Bank Kun­sthalle (p. 40) un­til 18 June.

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