Untitled, from the series Umaskhenkethe Likhaya Lam
Archival pigment print
12 x 7 inches
Signed on recto
Edition 1 of 10
Donated by Chris and Dawn Fleischner
In her series, Umaskhenkethe Likhaya Lam, artist Nobukho Nqaba uses the Xhosa word Umaskhenkethe to reference the checkered, plastic bags that surround and nearly topple the figure in this image. In English, these bags are often called China Bags, for their manufacturing origin, yet for Nqaba these bags were synonymous with migrant people who would use them to transport goods and belongings in her native South Africa. 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 herself. Nqaba has exhibited in a number of international exhibitions, including at Camden Arts Centre, London.
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