Thina Dube’s work explores identity in South Africa at the personal and communal level. He asks how identity manifests itself, considering identity’s many layers, visible and hidden, and its fluid qualities, changing and responding to social environments.
In recent work, Dube explores internal forces within psychology and consciousness. He references the psychoanalyst Jung, whose concept of “the shadow self” refers to the repressed part of the unconscious mind. Using silhouettes and layering in his paintings and monotypes, Dube examines ideas around concealment, embodiment and self-awareness in relation to our shadow selves, and to the social expectations of others.
Dube holds diplomas in Fine Art and Education and teaches at the National School of the Arts, Johannesburg. He has exhibited widely in South Africa and has presented two solo exhibitions with Guns & Rain. Recent art fairs include ARCO Lisboa (2020), Cologne Fine Art & Design (2019) and Also Known As Africa, Paris (2018).