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thando mama – the video artist

Thando Mama has two single channel video installations in the project room at the JAG.  Entitled ‘Thando Mama Artist"  the works continue his exploration of the medium from a deliberately black African perspective.   Discussing the difficulty of presenting video art to South African audiences,  Mama comments:

South African society identifies with the moving image, in television, cinema and DVDs. However, that does not mean they will “get” video art. We still have a traditional art society, and the contribution by artists from the African continent is yet to be documented. If you respect your audience, you will know how to speak to it. You leave clues and elements that they will identify with, they will make connections with. You arrest them with visual poetry, textures of movement, allowing them to be actively engaged with your work. If you understand the value of aesthetics in video art, you will be able to captivate your audience. (from the interview, Digital Mama, by Kwanele Sosibo.)

Thando Mama –  "1994 – Next Movement" (view of the south and east wall of the installation inside the JAG project room.

A sequence of stills from the animated screen-sequence in "1994 – Next Movement".

Thando Mama –  Mind-space (2004)

Thando Mama –  Mind-space (2004)


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