Dr Thokozani Mhlambi – performance
How lockdown has affected my art? I think the lockdown experience made us more vulnerable, For me this vulnerability was heightened by being in Paris, so far from my home in South Africa. But because it was a vulnerability we all seemed to share as human beings, there was also a sense of trust in the process, that we as artists–only our art could heal us through this experience. I had to delve into the feeling of aloneness, and here I stood in the cross-roads of time, mindful of those who came before me and the responsibility to those who must come after me. The answer I got was: we will be okay. Click image to watch.
Dr Thokozani Mhlambi is not your usual musician. Not only does he play the cello, sing and compose his own songs, but Mhlambi uses his art and exhibitions in order to convey African stories/philosophies.
He received his Phd in Music at the University of Cape Town, where he also became the National Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovation. In South Africa, Mhlambi has showcased his work at leading platforms such as the National Arts Festival in Makhanda (Grahamstown), Baxter Theatre, Soweto Theatre and most recently State Theatre in Pretoria—where he has drawn audiences from all walks of life. He has also been visiting lecturer at universities in Finland (Jyvaskyla), Brazil, to mention a few. And has had opportunities to perform and speak in places such as New Orleans (Tulane), São Paulo, Maputo (Mozambique), New York and Vancouver (Canada).
In 2019, he collaborated with revered Chinese visual artist Dachan, in a live performance/installation at the Zeitz Mocca Museum in Cape Town. Mhlambi is currently an Artist in-Residence at Cite International Des Arts in Paris, supported by the Institut Francais. His intention is to use this time to connect with artists from different parts of the world, and more specifically the African continent.
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