iHlati (Forest), 2021
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Elements of Andile Dyalvane’s acclaimed series, iThongo, can be seen in his new work, this piece. Thongo, meaning “ancestral dreamscape” in Xhosa, refers to the medium through which messages (uYalezo uLwimi lwabaPhantsi) are transmitted from the ancestors. As such, it is an essential energetic link between the past, the present and the future, and the vital connection that fuels Dyalvane’s artistic practice and spiritual being. iHlati (Forest) is the actual symbol of the greenery found in a forest. It celebrates the natural environment: the trees, forest, and spring season, while also reflecting on the ways in which, as humans, we relate to these spaces; simultaneously relying on and destroying our surroundings.
Born in 1978 in the small village of Ngobozana in the rural Eastern Cape of South Africa, Dyalvane grew up farming and looking after his father’s cattle herd – sewing a deep connection to the land that resonates powerfully through his work today. He has held solo exhibitions at Southern Guild in Cape Town and Friedman Benda in New York – the most recent of which was the critically acclaimed iThongo (Ancestral Dreamscape) in 2020 and 2021 – and has exhibited widely, lectured, and held artist residencies all over the world.
His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, Vitra Design Museum, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum and Iziko South African National Gallery. A member of the International Academy of Ceramics, he completed a National Diploma in Ceramic Design at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2003 and co-founded Imiso Ceramics with Zizipho Poswa in 2005. Southern Guild has shown his work at international fairs such as Design Miami, Design Miami/ Basel, The Salon Art + Design, NY Now, and Design Days Dubai.
Brown, Green, Red
30.0 x 115.0 x 62.0 cm (11.8 x 45.3 x 24.4 in)
Contemporary, Contemporary Ceramics
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