Zizipho Poswa’s work is stunning, especially the use of hair in combination with ceramics.
Cape Town-based ceramic artist Zizipho Poswa is known for an expansive art practice that draws on ancient African traditions … Her work is grounded in the Xhosa rituals she witnessed during her childhood in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, and also explores how the sociopolitical role of Xhosa women has evolved throughout generations.
Zizipho Poswa,Hathor, Kemet 2022 , glazed earthenware, bronze
Additionally, some of the sculptures are titled after women who have played an important role in the artist’s life, an ode to female solidarity, commonality and conviviality. Across ceramics and photography, Poswa reminds us of the critical role Black hair has played culturally, socially and politically, across time, as well as its versatility and experimental potential as an artistic and sculptural medium whilst being an important marker of Blackness.
Zizipho Poswa, Songhai, Gao, 2022, glazed earthenware, bronze
Zizipho Poswa, Ababalwe Tshaka, South Africa, 2022, glazed earthenware
More about her and her work can be found here.
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