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Katlego Tlabela b. 1993, Pretoria, South Africa is an artist currently completing his 4th year of a BA in Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine art primarily majoring in printmaking. Tlabela now finds himself predominantly concerned in the technical and creative processes in painting, sound, photography and sculptural installations.
Tlabela’s artistic interests have spanned from social and political crises in Post-Apartheid South Africa, the independent African continent and The United States of America namely labour-related violence, #BlackLivesMatter, resistance and protest, dialogues around race and positive methods of representation of the Black Body and Experience through text and visuals and revisiting history and relating it back to contemporary events. The political and personal merges through Tlabela’s work, with pride and defiance. Difficult questions are confronted and raised through the history of Printmaking and Tlabela looks at reconstructing the structures of art making and narratives displayed and prioritised. Tlabela’s work has taken part in numerous group exhibitions locally and internationally from Michaelis Galleries, in Cape Town to Brazil, Poland and Portugal and art fairs locally, recently the Turbine Art Fair 2015. In 2016 Tlabela has taken part in several group shows at Muller’s Gallery (Cape Town), SMAC Gallery (Stellenbosch) and three group shows at Eclectica Contemporary (Cape Town). Tlabela has recently exhibited at the 2016 Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg alongside South Africa’s emerging fine artists represented by Blaque Inq Contemporaries. Tlabela is currently creating work for a number of group shows and top local Art Fairs including the Cape Town Art Fair in next year. He is also completing a body of work titled NEGRO SUNSHINE as part of his Graduate Show at Michaelis School of Fine Art as well as working towards his first solo exhibition with the same title in 2017. NEGRO SUNSHINE will also travel to North West University Gallery in April of 2017.