Nandipha Mntambo

Buhlungu besikhala selu tsandvo (The unkind spaces of love), 2013
Cowhide with resin

Mntambo’s remodeled cowhides destabilize the juncture between the spoken and the unspoken, the visible and the invisible, the personal and the public. Grounded in speculative aesthetics and modeled against her own body, Mntambo’s taxidermy skins merge abstraction and figuration. They establish a metaphorical continuity between the female and animal body as conflicted cultural and biological sites. Combining the objective scope of cartographic modelings with the intimate sensuality of the skin, the work evidences the geo-cultural traces of domestication and exploitation processes pertaining to both female and bovine in South African culture.

Courtesy of Tia Collection.