Mthobisi Maphumulo

Durban, South Africa
Mthobisi Maphumulo was born on September 08, 1988, in Imfume (South coast of KwaZulu Natal) in South Africa.

He is the founder of Amasosha Art Movement, which is a vibrant collective of Durban Artists that promotes hard work, solidarity, and collaboration of ideas amongst artists.

My work is a critique of the social construction of communities. I am interested in examining the inhumane and mechanical processes involved that results in class stratification and the perpetual widening of inequality.

My work also challenges the notion of Industrialisation as a means for development and a better life. In my community, this process has become a symbol of family displacement, land dispossession, and exploitation of both drudge and environment.

Issues of identity and dignity are, therefore, imperative in my work, particularly when looking at the industrial labourer’s identity in relation to the inhuman industrial safety gear which they wear daily to serve the economy.

I am particularly interested in examining this identity transformation and what the parallels are, if any, with the African masks. This is crucial because African masks are known to transform the identity of the wearer for the purpose of serving the ritual.

Has safety gear replaced African masks as an identity, transforming agents in servants of the modern-day industrial rituals?

I enjoy working with oil pastel as a medium of expression because it comes from oil, and oil is one of the minerals that influence the economy and the presentation of our identity by extension.

Oil pastel is also a medium that artists commonly use when sketching their ideas or developing paintings on top of others. However, I choose to do complete works with it because I associate its fragility with that of my environment.

Mthobisi Maphumulo was born on September 08, 1988, in Imfume (South coast of KwaZulu Natal) in South Africa.

He is the founder of Amasosha Art Movement, which is a vibrant collective of Durban Artists that promotes hard work, solidarity, and collaboration of ideas amongst artists.

My work is a critique of the social construction of communities. I am interested in examining the inhum...
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Mthobisi Maphumulo

Exhibitions

2018 - Amasosha Art Movement group exhibition, "Reaching the Unknown"
Ikomkhulu Art Space

2018 - Thupelo International workshop group exhibition
Great More Studio

2018 - Amasosha Art Movement group exhibition, "Visions"
Ikomkhulu Art Space

2017- Amasosha Art Movement group exhibition, "Inyathuko"
Ikomkhulu Art Space

2017 - Group exhibition in the Essence festival

2017- Group exhibition, "From the horse's mouth"
Ebony gallery

2017 - Members group exhibition "Character"
KZNSA Gallery

2016 - Group exhibition "Beyond binaries"
Durban Art Gallery

2016 - Group Exhibition
Essence Festival

2016 - Amasosha Art Movement group exhibition "Messages from the Soul"
KZNSA Gallery

2015 - Group exhibition "After Winter"
Henry George Gallery

2015 - Group exhibition "Fresh produced"
Turbine Art Fair

2014 - "Awe, What you say about what?"
KZNSA Gallery

2014 - Twenty / 20 A clear vision, "Growing the Mandela Legacy"
Unisa Art Gallery (Pretoria)
2018 - Amasosha Art Movement group exhibition, "Reaching the Unknown"
Ikomkhulu Art Space

2018 - Thupelo International workshop group exhibition
Great More Studio

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