EXHIBITION ARTISTS

Phula Richard Chauke

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The World in Our Country Fifa World Cup 2010 (Wood and paint, Size variable)

The World in Our Country Fifa World Cup 2010 (Wood and paint, Size variable)

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Artist's Statement

My works are based on observations of life around me and my feelings about this life. So I notice the pride of the soccer players but I also notice people like President Zuma, Nelson Mandela, Mbeki and Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president travelling on the freeway to the World Cup. In Polokwane I continue to observe politicians in their different roles (seen in the busts which I created) or driving in their cars. I also observe people of religion such as Bishop Tutu and Emperor Selassie, who was a live god and whose hand reflects what the great culture of Rasta means in my sculpture. In the depictions of the Tsonga tribe who now stay in Limpopo, I show the presence of symbols that live on through time. Sculptures of women, a mother, a sangoma and a sister represent a circle of life that has been passed on for generations and endures.

Artist's Biography

Born: Gandlanani Khani village, Giyani, 1979. Lives and works in Giyani. Major exhibitions: BMW Tributaries; Spier Contemporary 2007/08; Standard Bank Exhibition; Limpopo Group Exhibition, Polokwane; Absa L’Atelier, Sasol New Signatures.