Cape Town-based artist Tony Gum has taken on Europe with her first Italian solo show, which opened earlier this month. The exhibition shows the unprecedented Rock Cause Analysis series, which illustrates the artistic evolution of the artist in terms of approach and technique.
The new series “immortalises women who reign supreme among the people of her Xhosa heritage and tribes – AmaMfengu, AbaThembu, AmaMpondomise and AmaMpondo”, according to C-Gallery, where the work is on display until 9 June.
With Rock Cause Analysis, the artist explores the use of sculpture but remains faithful to her peculiar stylistic figure: the self-portrait, in which she is both a canvas and muse as a part of the prestigious Jean Pigozzi Collection.
Speaking of the inspiration behind these works, Gum explains to C gallery: “We live in a fortunate generation in which women sit in the front lines of world political influences, excel as excellence in education, redefine the boundaries of technological innovation and seek solutions against social injustice. In this light, I wonder why the successes and victories of women are not recognised as part of history, or, when they are, why there is not even a minimal presence of monuments and memorials that pay tribute to the victories achieved by women?”