|Born 24th Februry 1967 in Cape Town, died 11th September 2005|
| The following
is an extract from “Resistance Art” by Sue Williamson
Asked if he thinks art can change the way people look at things, Mandindi replies: “If people would try to understand what the artist is trying to say, they can be like kids who are trying to grow.”
is a student at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town, a young
artist with a deep commitment to his work. “I’ll only do art
in my life, nothing but art,” he says “work about people,
and what’s happening. At first, when I was thinking about art, I
thought it was about drawing and all those things…. Then I suddenly
became aware of what was happening around me and tried to capture that.
Artist: BILLY MANDINDI
Title: War and Peace 2/40
Size: 11 x 15 cm
Price: R 1 800 Framed
BELOW ARE excerpts FROM “SOUTH AFRICA
THE FUTURE PRESENT” BY SUE WILLIAMSON AND ASHRAF JAMAL:
“It was Mandindi’s use of primary colours and the makeshift execution that were striking. In spite of the grimness of the theme, Mandindi’s piece was not sombre or funereal. “I didn’t want to do something that was very serious. That’s why I used bright colours. So it’s not that scary. So people can still look at the work.” Mandindi’s rationale serves as a vital corrective. It opens up a much-needed realm of healing.
Mandindi’s art exists in the realm of imagination and not in the realm of the pictorial and strait-laced narrative,” says the artist Gavin Younge. “There is something ‘fantastical’ about him” It is this transformative and alchemical quality that distinguishes the artist and his painting, constructions and prints. Mandindi is a jester for whom nothing is to serious – and yet concerning the life of the South African Artist, he reminds us that “things are still the same”. He continues to regard himself as “a tool for the liberation”, but believes this tool need not be that of a sad militancy. After all “one does not kill by anger but by laughter” says Zarathustra. “Come, let us kill the spirit of Gravity”
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