The Fruits of Our Labour is a walking tour with the artist, Michele Mathison and Zeitz MOCAA Mikael Kamras and Fredrik Oweson Assistant Curator of Sculpture, Marijke Tymbios.
Born in South Africa, raised in Zimbabwe, Michele Mathison creates work inspired by his surroundings. Addressing issues of labour, agriculture and humanity’s treatment of- and dependence on natural resources in his work, this tour includes a discussion of the socio-economic and political climates that impact on these concerns.
The tour commences at Mathison’s triptych, Bushveld on level 0 in Zeitz MOCAA and concludes at Angular Mass, his newly unveiled installation in the Silo District.
This event is free. RSVP requiredÂ for complimentary tickets for museum admission. Email Marijke Tymbios on firstname.lastname@example.org
About Michele Mathison:
Michele Mathison was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised between Harare and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. At present, he lives and works between Johannesburg and Harare, practising as a sculptor.
He completed a Bachelors of Fine Arts at Michaelis School of Fine Arts, in Cape Town, South Africa in 2000. Having grown up in Zimbabwe, Mathison draws inspiration from farming tools and other ordinary objects associated with Southern African life and converts them into sculptural pieces. He often works with ceramic, resin and steel as well as various found objects which he reconstructs to highlight their multi-faceted uses and symbolic values.
Notable solo exhibitions include:Â EXIT/EXILEÂ at Nirox Projects (Johannesburg: 2011);Â ManualÂ at WHATIFTHEWORLD (Cape Town, South Africa: 2014);Â HarvestÂ at the Zeitz MOCAA Scheryn Pavilion (Cape Town: 2015), UprootÂ at Tyburn Gallery (London, United Kingdom: 2016) and State of Emergency at WHATIFTHEWORLD (Cape Town & Johannesburg South Africa: 2017). His work featured in the following group shows:Â Dudziro, Zimbabwe Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy: 2013);Â Broken EnglishÂ at Tyburn Gallery (London, United Kingdom: 2015) andÂ Negative SpaceÂ at WHATIFTHEWORLD (Cape Town: 2016).