Untitled, from the series Umaskhenkethe Likhaya Lam
Archival pigment print
12 x 7
Signed certificate of authenticity
Edition 3 of 10
Donated by Chris and Dawn Fleischner
The title of this image comes from the Xhosa word “Umaskhenkethe”, referring to the plastic mesh bags seen in this photograph. In English they are often called China Bags, for their manufacturing origin. Artist Nobukho Nqaba observed these bags as ubiquitous among migrants, and found that the alienating name of the bag revealed a sense of anxiety related to their symbolism of migration – not only across borders but also within countries. They are objects that carry a home, and for Nqaba the bags are a reminder of the challenges she faced as a migrant in South Africa. Nqaba has exhibited in a number of international exhibitions, including at Camden Arts Centre, London.
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