Ofentse Seshabela

Ofentse Seshabela

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Ofentse Seshabela is a visual artist from Pretoria whose skills lie in a variety of mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video and photography. Seshabela claims inspiration from the ideologies and theories that shape his surroundings, and says his interest in local and global politics informs his art content. This body of work references Seshabela’s intrigue with the military, its traditions, and the metaphor for how we as individuals fight our own life’s battles. “The battles that I am trying to reflect on are issues that still haunt society to date; issues such as racism, inequality, land restitution, gender roles and classism,” explains Seshabela. However, central to this body of work is the systematic, political structure of authority and power, Democracy. Seshabela predominantly uses smoke (fumage) as his primary medium. This is metaphoric of the burning of history, and references how in rural communities, old items that were no longer valued would be burned every season in order to make room for the new. Seshabela has participated in a number of group exhibitions between Johannesburg and Cape Town. He has exhibited with Assemblage at Turbine Art Fair and also hosted by Eclectica Contemporary in a solo booth at FNB Art Fair, both which took place in 2018. He holds a National Diploma in Visual Art from the University of Johannesburg. Seshabela is currently based in Johannesburg, working with Eclectica Contemporary.

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