My favourite room By fine artist Nandipha Mn­tambo

Fine artist Nandipha Mn­tambo in­vites us into her eclec­tic lounge.

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Nandipha Mn­tambo is as strik­ing as the loft apart­ment in Joburg’s CBD where she’s lived for the past three years. At 33, the charis­matic artist has a string of ac­co­lades to her name, from be­ing rep­re­sented by the pres­ti­gious Steven­son Gallery in Cape Town to her nom­i­na­tion as Stan­dard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Vis­ual Art in 2011.

And so it makes to­tal sense that her own work fea­tures through­out her home, which she de­scribes as “a beau­ti­ful space in which to ac­com­mo­date both my cre­ative work and my per­sonal life.”

Nandipha’s trea­sured pos­ses­sions in­clude two sculpted heads found dur­ing a trip to the Egun mar­ket in Nige­ria’s Benin City, “which is where many old bronze cast­ings were made.” The woman in the head­piece is one of her favourite pieces. “Although she’s so heavy that my then-boyfriend had to carry her back for me!” she ex­plains.

The couch has been in Nandipha’s life for 10 years, since she was a stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. “It has great sen­ti­men­tal value to me, hav­ing been re­uphol­stered quite a few times, and I’ve dec­o­rated it with cush­ions from the Keiskamma Trust, which is an Eastern Cape or­gan­i­sa­tion that sup­ports women in ru­ral ar­eas. ”

As for the strik­ing can­dle­holder, it’s the Meno­rah, used to cel­e­brate the Jewish hol­i­day of Hanukkah. “I at­tended King David, a Jewish pri­mary school, so meno­rahs are ex­quis­ite and fa­mil­iar to me,” she says. “I col­lect them when­ever I can.”

“This por­trait is one of my iconic photographic works. It’s ti­tled Europa.” “The skull was hand-carved by Richard Polie, a sculp­tor from Lim­popo.” “I don’t watch TV, so books keep me busy and in­formed.”

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