Ikhaya Lika Moya, which opened at the North West University (NWU) Gallery on 14 February 2021 and runs until 28 March 2021, is a debut solo show by the visual artist Sethembiso Zulu. Below, the exhibition’s curator Senzeni Marasela shares a few words about the body of work.
Ikhaya Lika Moya, Sethembiso Zulu’s debut solo show, is a selection of his body of work. Zulu’s work is intriguing, especially with this work which is part of a trilogy. It forms part of a new body of work that he’s developing in response to his journey as an artist, photographer, and healer trying to negotiate the modern world.
Zulu has an extensive body of work developed over a period of ten years. His subject matter ranges from portraits of widows, jazz, and township life, to works with religious themes. Ikhaya Lika Moya is an exploration into the Zionist Christian congregations. His church membership allows the work the intimacy it enjoys and the people are familiar to him. This body of work also extends into objects of worships like the “izikhali” (softwood maces) which Zulu presents as an installation. His foray into autobiographical film work will also be presented in the show.
This is essentially Zulu’s journey as an artist, healer, and photographer which intersects at the point of searching for spiritual contentment. Zulu presents his first institutional solo show and a debut curatorial undertaking by the artist and curator, Senzeni Marasela.