Studio visit with Nene Mahlangu for I AM & … NOTHING ELSE ;
An exhibition in celebration of International Women’s month featuring five visionary female artists from Nigeria and South Africa. The exhibition draws inspiration from the book “Women who Run with the Wolves: Myths and stories of the Wild Woman Archetype” by psychoanalyst, author, and poet Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
“I think i am very fascinated about the things that we choose to hide and the things that we choose to reveal as people, I think life is a constant play of revealing and hiding of certain things about ourselves” – Nene Mahlangu
Nene Mahlangu is a visual artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She uses her oeuvre as an affirmative escape and a reminder of the beauty, divinity, and blessing of being a woman. In celebration of 25 years of democracy, Mahlangu made history by being the youngest woman to design two coins for South Africa, championing education and children’s rights.
The figures in Nene Mahlangu’s works depict vulnerability, healing, confidence, wholeness, and a transcendent sense of power. Her works are evocative and thought-provoking, reasserting the rhetoric of authority of the female voice in the everyday world.