Contemporary Southern Africa forms an example of a distinct, and new social condition. One in which political and social borders define different political incarnations of African democracy and creates a vast transient community of displaced.
For over a decade, Michele Mathison has been living and working on both sides of the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe. His work is a study on the value of common objects and how they have developed into the prevalent imagery and symbols of the regions tumultuous times.
By removing the utility from functional objects, Mathison is presenting the irony of their transformation into a symbolic guise. Examining the form and function of quotidian objects, Mathison builds geometric groups and visual fields. Considering how an individual piece relates to the whole, the work creates a narrative of the region’s collective concerns.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
|2016||Uproot, Tyburn Gallery, London|
|2015||Harvest, Zeitz MOCAA Scheryn Pavilion, Cape Town|
|2014||Manual - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|2011||EXIT/EXILE, Nirox Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa|
Selected Group Exhibitions
|2016||Negative Space - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|2015||You love me, You love me not, Galeria municipal do Porto, Portugal|
|Nirox Sculpture / Winter 2015, Nirox Sculpture Park, johannesburg|
|Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London|
|2014||Zoo, Nirox projects, Johannesburg|
|Public sculpture, Arts on Main, Johannesburg|
|Nirox Sculpture / Winter 2014, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg|
|2013||Trans-Africa, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg|
|Dudziro, Zimbabwe Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale|
|2012||Southern Guild, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg|
|Outside the lines, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|2011||EXIT/EXILE, Nirox Projects, Johannesburg|
|2009||HIFA, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare|
|Various, Brodie/Stevenson, Johannesburg|
|2005||Visions of Zimbabwe, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester|