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Nicholas Hlobo
42
born and resides in South Africa
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Artist's Works

Hlobo creates large-scale sculptures using rubber as his main material, depicting phalli, internal organs or scenes deeply connected to a gay underground scene. His main themes include industrialization, gender and sexuality. Colourful ribbons, which are stitched and woven through the rubber, refer to the balance between male and female. By appropriating his native heritage, the Xhosa culture, and combining it with the journey of his own homosexuality, Hlobo finds his way through a rapidly changing society in which the traditional and the modern often are uncombinable. Hlobo’s work balances between the hidden and the public in his sculptural language and through the titles, which remain a secret to us as they are in Xhosa.

Showing five new paintings and a monumental sculpture in PAC, Hlobo creates his own universe, introducing the audience to the complex narratives and the exceptional visual language of his work.

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Umphanda ongazaliyo, 2008

Umphanda ongazaliyo, 2008

Fak intloko, 2010

Fak intloko, 2010

Isisele, 2010

Isisele, 2010

Umphanda ongazaliyo, 2008

Umphanda ongazaliyo, 2008

Phalela mgame та Wanyus’msila, 2010

Phalela mgame та Wanyus’msila, 2010

Ii-isobar nemimoya ngeyeKhala, 2010

Ii-isobar nemimoya ngeyeKhala, 2010

Nicholas Hlobo 42, South Africa

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Nicholas Hlobo

Nicholas Hlobo was born 1975 in Cape Town, South Africa. He graduated from the Witswatersand Technikon with a Bachelor of Technology degree in 2002. In 2008, Hlobo had solo exhibitions at the Level 2 Gallery at Tate Modern, London, and the ICA in Boston as part of the Momentum series. As the winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art 2009, he had a solo exhibition touring South Africa’s major cities until August 2010. He is included in the 2010 Liverpool Biennial.

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