uMqha (Mielie Rice, Melon Dish)
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This smaller ceramic work is made in continuation of Andile Dyalvane’s Idlala (Grain Silo) series . The ‘silo’ in this instance, is the holder of heritage and culture as Dyalvane attempts to preserve the Xhosa term, ’Idladla’, and language itself. The title of this work is based on a dish that, in contemporaneity, we no longer have access to. Dyalvane’s upbringing as a farmer and someone who would cultivate the land, celebrating the Spring/Autumn harvest and change of seasons, has inspired his focus as an artist. He explores the transition in time, through food, language, ceremonies, dances and sounds. The Idladla series pays homage to these traditions and acts as a reminder to document and preserve the rightful meanings of words in the isiXhosa language for future generations to understand the cultural significance of their backgrounds.
20.0 x 25.0 x 20.0 cm (7.9 x 9.8 x 7.9 in)