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Nicholas Hlobo’s presentation at Performa 17 expands on an earlier four-part performative installation, first seen in his 2016 exhibition Sewing Saw. The umBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower; Lo’de litshone; Umbhaduli; Uthekwane performances feature dress-clad men. Hlobo’s interest in engaging with historical objects from domestic interiors contribute to each work’s conceptual and material multiplicity. He adopts the singer sewing machines, workstation and other apparatus that symbolize industrial self-sufficiency whilst critically observing prescribed gender roles that shape domesticity, labor, and globalization.
Image credit: UmBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower 2016 Performance © Nicholas Hlobo. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg Photo: Mario Todeschini