Palesa Motsomi

Palesa Motsomi

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My work is a search of myself as an African. I am a daughter of two tribes, within my parents runs the blood of more tribes. Does this make me a daughter of many tribes? Previously, the now modern world – then called western – didn’t have a place for Africans for many generations, divisions were created within the one people. Today we live in a world where Africans are told they are beautiful, powerful, excellent and their lives matter – to name a few – as if to imply Africans didn’t know to appreciate themselves – they have to be reminded. Our native cultural practices which were silenced in most African parts are now diluted in the modern world, with new names.

My works are a voice from the past and the future meeting me here, confirming our elastic African brilliance despite the unrelenting external distortion. I see myself, my feelings, my beliefs, my truth poured out to my works.

Palesa Motsomi is a self-taught South African female artist, living in Johannesburg. Palesa works full time as a creative designer and a visual artist with a printmaking qualification from Artist Proof Studios. She has previously exhibited her photography artworks at August House Open Studio in November 2016, a photography series called African Proverbs inspired by xenophobia in South Africa. In February, 2020 her work was part of a collection curated and exhibited by Art Bank of South Africa, titled ‘Becoming’: What is & What is not. Her work is influenced by spirituality, being black, a woman, an African, and the noise in between.

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