Cape Town-born, Joburg-based conceptual artist and scholar Mzoxolo X Mayongo has recently released a thought-provoking new visual series, titled Ubukho be Ndoda.
The photo series, according to Mzoxolo, who is is currently studying fine arts and anthropology at Wits, “explores the forms of masculinity and its functions. [And] exposes how masculinity has woven itself to multitude threads of society, where a problematic patriarchal system has benefited position of men right through”.
Mzoxolo runs OCD 23, a collaborative artist studio and media production platform, and hosts a forum called TalkingMEN SA. According to its Facebook page, TalkingMEN is to address men on the lack of responsibility and accountability; a call to take action and be part of transformative movement of men.
Speaking more on Ubukho be Ndoda, Mzoxolo says, “It is a direct response to my own unforgiving insecurities and ongoing questions of identity of being a man and its intransigent representation form of masculinity.
“Using my body to expose self in finding these material answers that speak to larger collective position of manhood were found. Through my artistic expression, I gained the insight of acknowledging, acceptance and power of the femininity within me; only then can the masculine form be liberated, live in coherent balance.”
Mzoxolo X Mayongo: Artist, Creative Director, Photographer
Nadia Laila Myburgh: Photographer, collaborator
Nthabiseng Prudie Motloung Mofokeng: Photographic assistance
Nobantu Blue Bab: Set assistance
Tsholofelo Mahike Ndebele: Set assistance
Hannah van Tonder: Artist’s assistance