London

Zana Masombuka
Born 1995 in KwaNdebele, South Africa
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa 
South African artist Zana Masombuka directs transformative processes to compose formally balanced visual narratives charged with aesthetic subtlety. In collaboration with different photographers, Masombuka situates herself as the subject of an ever-evolving practice that explores culture and identity. She draws inspiration from her upbringing in the small town of Siyabuswa, in rural KwaNdebele, South Africa. The overarching themes of Masombuka’s work investigate the intersections of age-old human experience with the modern world, and the manner in which, especially in Africa, modernity impacts tradition and culture. Her works deploy Ndebele cultural lore, symbolism, and contrasting materials in a radical re-examination of the self as individual. 
Zana Masombuka, Proudly South African: Exploration of Identity 6(detail), 2018, Giclée print on 325gsm Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta paper, 60 x 40 cm, Edition of 10. Copyright the artist. Courtesy of the artist and October Gallery. Photographer John Baloy.

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