Sandile Brian Cele was born in 1980 in Umlazi township in Durban. After matriculating from Ogwini Comprehensive Technical College, he pursued a degree in Fine Arts at the Natal Technikon (now the Durban University of Technology). Working under Hennie Stroebel, Cele majored in ceramics. On graduating in 2000, his talent and vibrancy was immediately recognized, and Cele was selected to work with a team developing rural products. Two years later, he moved to Mpumalanga, to work with Arts Aid, helping young and emerging artists to develop a range of interdisciplinary skills and craft products, including bead work, ceramics, woodwork, and print- and paper-making. It was in Mpumalanga that Cele first encountered internationally renowned ceramicist Clementina van der Walt who had been invited to the Mpumalanga Shangaan Cultural Village to run a workshop on Raku firing. In these years of association with Van der Walt, from 2005 to 2016, Cele assisted her in her studio, including with press molding and glazing, and developed a wide range of skills and expertise. With Isiqhaza, his first exhibition, Cele gives unencumbered expression to his own inner journey. Here, the influences of his early Zulu childhood combine with his contemporary urban, Afro-punk persona honed in the streets of contemporary Cape Town. In his idiosyncratic way, simultaneously playful and culturally layered, Cele embraces and celebrates the parts of his world all too often denigrated by others. Isiqhaza represents the fusion of traditional lifestyle and rituals embodied in ceramic artifacts, together with structural and sculptural forms and domestic objects (teapots, plates, pots, vases). In the process, Cele reveals an authentic and original voice on the contemporary South African scene especially revealing something that is old and forgotten "Isiqhaza/ Zulu earplug" Sandile Cele gives unencumbered expression to his own inner journey. Here, the influences of his early Zulu childhood combine with his contemporary urban, Afro-punk persona now going into a new era called "Zulu Goth" in the streets of contemporary Cape Town. In his idiosyncratic way, simultaneously playful and culturally layered, Cele embraces and celebrates the parts of his world all too often denigrated by others. Isiqhaza represents the fusion of traditional lifestyle and rituals embodied in ceramic artefacts, together with structural and sculptural forms and domestic objects (teapots, plates, pots, vases). In the process, Cele reveals an authentic and original voice on the contemporary South African scene especially revealing something that is old and forgotten "Isiqhaza/ Zulu earplug" Zulu earplug or isiqhaza Is one of the oldest form of body decoration in The Zulu culture. It was mainly important in the olden days in the late 1800's to 1900's an important ceremony on the Zulu child to stretch the earlobe considerably over a period of time before puberty. The colours used were not just a decoration, understanding the history of bead work from Zulu also Ndebele murals or wall paintings and more outfits including bead work all that were used to indicate the origin or clan of their owner. Moreover the colours also associated with in the cycle of life. In the history initially these were worn by Zulu man, as indicators of high status. During Art Deco buildings an earplug was use on many adverts like "sunbeam floor polish” which was very much trendy back in the days. Now Cele is bringing the Zulu earplug back to life again.
Sandile Brian • Cape Town • South Africa
2019 • ceramics
25 x 25 x 38 cm
Work inspired by Zulu calabashes
1 in stock
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