Township artists don’t want you to see buying their art as supporting them, but rather as an investment. There’s a new generation of collectives that’s starting to understand the true value of the talent they develop. And if they have anything to do with it, their work will be hitting the galleries on large scale in the near future.
Creative people in townships seem to prove that you don’t need expensive materials if you’re eager to do art. As one of these artists says, “Empty pocket is no excuse.”
For Ubuhle Bobuntu, a collective of artists from Soweto who met as students at FUBA, waste materials are the main medium. In the areas where they live, rubbish and dumping grounds have become an integral feature of the scenery.
Lehlohonolo Mkhasibe, one of its members, does his prints on discarded tyres, which he collects all around his neighbourhood. Local children help him to locate suitable material.
“People often ask why we collect rubbish,” Mkhasibe says. “We invite them to our homes to see our work and they begin to help us. They tell us it’s a good job we’re doing, turning rubbish into art.”…
Source : Daily Maverick