Photo Editions #5

Tsoku Maela

Morphing the stories of the past

Tsoku Maela Morphing the stories of the past Start
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    ABSTRACT PEACES (2015) – Beleaguered

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    BROKEN THINGS (2016) – Family Portrait

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    ABSTRACT PEACES (2015) – Return to Innocence

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  • Dull images and superficiality are nowhere to be found in Tsoku Maela’s work. Under the surface of strong visual aesthetics, intriguing stories are hidden, told in a poetic, sometimes crude, sometimes apparently abstract way. It all makes him understand often complex realities. One can change the past, he says.
    Maela explores somewhat dreamy but very real matters such as depression, spiritual self-discovery and indigenous knowledge. They might even offer healing to battered, black communities.

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    BE GLAD U R FREE (2017) – Fathers & Sons

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    BARONGWA: I AM THAT I AM (2016) – The creation of man

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  • “The edge we once knew to be fear became a springboard to leap into the unknown, only so our dreams could learn to fly.”

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    APPROPRIATE (2018) – Appropriate II

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    BARONGWA: I AM THAT I AM (2016) – The Three

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    ABSTRACT PEACES(2015) - Between Silence and Violence

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  • Credits

    • Photography: From the series ABSTRACT PEACES (2015), BROKEN THINGS (2016), BARONGWA: I AM THAT I AM (2016), BE GLAD U R FREE (2017), and APPROPRIATE (2018). © Tsoku Maela.
    • Artist website: tsokumaela.com
    • Artist instagram: @tsokumaela
    • Text: Bart Luirink and Christina Månsson
    • Quote: Tsoku Maela: www.tsokumaela.com/about
    • Curator & editor: Christina Månsson for ZAM, June 2019. Read the introduction here.

     

      • Watch trailer here.
      • Read text BE GLAD U R FREE (2017) here.
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