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 sculptures are a study on the value of common objects and how they have developed into the prevalent imagery and symbols of the region’s 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, his work creates a narrative of the region’s collective concerns.
Mathison completed his BFA at Michaelis School of Fine Arts, University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2000. He has since had 2 solo exhibitions with WHATIFTHEWORLD, including States of Emergence (2017) and Manual (2014). Other notable solo exhibitions include: Uproot (2016) at Tyburn Gallery, London; Harvest (2015) at the Zeitz MOCAA Scheryn Pavilion, Cape Town and EXIT/EXILE (2014) at Nirox Projects, Johannesburg. His work has featured in group exhibitions such as Broken English (2015) at Tyburn Gallery, London and Dudziro (2013), Zimbabwe Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
|2017||States of Emergence - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|States of Emergence - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Johannesburg|
|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|