Malebona Maphutse is a Johannesburg based artist who has completed her BA (Fine Art) Degree at the University of Witwatersrand in 2017. She works in and outside of the academic institution. She enjoys reading and writing poetry in her spare time. Her work has existed in/at several exhibitions, spaces, and happenings. She has recently exhibited at the Bergen Triennial 2019 (The Dead Are Not Dead), Stellenbosch Triennial 2020 (Tomorrow There Will Be More Of Us) and as of late she showed a digital interactive work as part of the Institute for Creative Arts fellowship.
Throughout her body of work, the artist narrates history through her works on canvas, sculptural installation, Linocut prints, digital prints, and video. Her digital collages and installations appropriate visuals and language of street flyers, bitingly exploring the historical debt resulting from systemic oppression. Her work seeks to investigate how bodies transcend mere existence and encounter space, to understand the politics of space. Malebona’s inspiration is fuelled by the infinite, and probable, options that can be drawn from how people move in these spaces, depending on the environment and set variables. Through this form of investigation, she has gone on to explore a variety of questions and situations that surround how bodies move and occupy spaces. She is focussed on the ritual and spiritual engagements that take place in different spaces that inform various social, economic, religious, and relational politics in order to create time-landscapes. By embodying the fictional character of Mamaloyi (from her imagined superhero universe called Mamoloyi Healing Ministries: Tsipa Tsipa Hair Salon), Malebona has begun to intertwine these politics to emphasize and rethink ways in which these bodies exist within, but are not limited to, a South African context.