In Keeping with eDikeni… by Kgalalelo Gaitate
In keeping with eDikeni’s mandate to create a luxe Pan-African experience for the discerning Epicurean, I’ve put together artwork that comments on various aspects of the subcultures throughout the South African terrain.
The works depict South Africans in traditional attire through the braided mediums of pen, aquarelles, oil pastels and acrylic paint. I’ve placed patterns representative of a particular subculture in the background of the colour pieces. I do this to convey the message of cross-culturalism in a country which is a cultural mosaic.
Where I’ve illustrated say a Xhosa Man, I’ve placed a Basotho Seanamarena in the background, to explore the interconnectedness of our cultures. In a larger contextual framework, the work sparks a cultural dialogue, and adds to the rich Pan-African ambience of the space.
The Eastern Cape has a long and rich history of artistic expression, and Xhosa traditional dress in all its regal grandeur makes for a wealth of weighty Afrocentric art reference. Pictured here is an Mpondo man in pensive thought. The Ndebele wall art behind him captures the richness of his multicultural ancestry.
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