Bambolwami Sibiya
5 December 2020


The META foundation in partnership with the Riboville Hotel and Restaurant curated the solo exhibition for August House artist Bambolwami Sibiya.

The exhibition consisted of a presentation of new works by the artist and an artist walkabout.

Bambolwami Sibiya

Sibiya was trained and worked at the Artist Proof Studio (APS) Gallery, where he has also worked on large scale linocuts for several leading artists, including William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Norman Catherine and Colbert Mashile.

Rich stylistic detail and textures mark Bambo Sibiya’s linocuts, drypoint and lithographic works, which give insight into masculine identity and community on the streets of Johannesburg.  In South Africa during apartheid, men from the rural areas journeyed to the cities in search of work. Hoping to impress the families they left behind, the men would often buy stylish new suits for their visits back home, and practice looking slick for their friends and neighbours. From this “the Swenkas” evolved and working-class South Africans would meet on a regular basis for competitions in which they would see who could put together the best-looking outfit, and who knew how to move best in it. The men follow certain set values, such as physical cleanliness, sobriety and above all self-respect.

He has performed extremely well in South African art competitions in recent years: in 2012 he was a finalist in the ABSA L’Atelier top ten awards, and the winner of the prestigious Gerard Sekoto Award, which facilitated his completion of two residencies in 2013: at Atelier le Grand Village (Angouleme, France), and at Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, France).

Bambo’s works are held in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (the national collection of prints), amongst others.



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