Woza Moya – honouring visual artists
Ande Magoso is March Artist of the Month.
The proactive and innovative Woza Moya creative entrepreneurship project based in Hillcrest has been honouring a talented visual artist every month over lockdown to build their profile, showcase their work and remind the public of the incredible art-makers active in the project from 1000 Hills.
Each month a different artist is paid to paint a 1,2m x 1,2m wall panel which is displayed on the wall outside the Woza Moya, Hillcrest AIDS Centre shop.
The Woza Moya Artists wall, would like to thank the 100% Foundation for coming on board for a 12 month sponsorship and making this monthly event possible. Ande Magoso is the tenth artist, and his work will be featured for the month of March.
In his chosen painting, uZandisiwe (acrylic on brown paper), with the use of mixed media including; charcoal, soft pastels and acrylic paint, Ande blends animal characteristics (of goat and sheep since typically, goats are used in Zulu rituals whereas sheep are often used in Xhosa rituals) with human figures. The reason behind this is that he feels that in a way, he has to continue balancing his Xhosa cultural background with his Zulu cultural background.
Ande Magoso, a Durban based fine artist, was born in Kostad (1997), moved to Umzimkhulu then later moved to Kwa-Ngcolosi, in Kwa-Zulu Natal at the age of six. He has been producing art since 2017 which is the same year he earned his certificate in visual arts in 2020 at The BAT Centres Visual Art AiR (Artist in Residency) Programme. His work directly relates to his personal history in that it explores the idea of duality and balance. ‘ I use my work to reflect on how I have felt the need to balance these dual and opposing elements of my identity and how they have affected my life and made me the person I am today. For instance, having a Zulu father and a Xhosa mother then growing up in a Zulu predominated community, made me feel the need to always remind myself that I am half- Xhosa, in essence balance my use of the Zulu and the Xhosa language,’ he says.
Woza Moya assists each artist by marketing their work for the entire month. A greeting card is made of the painted wall panel and sold in their shops so that artists can earn an ongoing passive income. This has worked well with artists earning from R200 to R1000 a month from the sale of the cards. The painting itself is for sale and people are invited to bid for the painting. Bidding starts at R1500 at the start of each month, and will close at the end of the month. The person who has the highest bid gets to purchase the painting.
Woza Moya is the arts and craft-focused economic empowerment project of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust, and is a proud member of 1000 Hills Community Tourism Organisation.
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Weekdays: 8am – 4pm Woza Moya Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust 26 Old Main Road Hillcrest
& 9am -5pm Woza Moya Windermere Centre
Saturdays: 8am – 2pm HACT and 9am -2pm Windermere Centre
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