“I’ve taken it upon myself to make a statement of a concerned citizen. I’m not expecting people from around the world to do it before I do. If there’s any person to make the first comment, it is the person who feels it immediately, and I’m that person,” says Witbooi.
I think I still want to be in South Africa, to continue making work and supporting the things we believe in, from an artist’s point of view. I want to remain a part of the discourse, and it’s harder to do these things if you’re not in the space where it all happens.
At present, though, I have a solo exhibition at the FNB JoburgArtFair, which is incredibly exciting. My show, titled ‘Origi-nal,’ talks about how our culture and humanity has become void, filled with a borrowed, foreign identity. We are losing our sense of Ubuntu, so I wanted to explore what we call ‘our culture’ and how it affects our daily lives.
Andrew Lamprecht is a curator and lecturer at the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT).