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Ordinary action, extraordinary images – Thami Mbenekazi’s artwork at Killarney station depicts a row of figures with human bodies and cows' heads, arranged in the everyday positions of people waiting for the bus. It is this very ordinariness in the strange and almost surreal beings that makes the work so surprising and engaging. Many of Mbenekazi’s print works depict figures that are a hybrid of animals and people, and he acknowledges the influence of Nandipha Mntambo among other southern African artists in these motifs. In some, these juxtapositions are used to disturbing effect, but for the MyCiTi station at Killarney they create images with a light-hearted, humorous but distinctly African feeling.
About the Artist
Thami Mbenekazi is a young artist from Mpumalanga. He trained as a printmaker at the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg. Since graduating, his work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions. He describes his work as being influenced by street art and conceptual photography.