Undlovu ayisindwa ngumboko wayo (An elephant is not burdened by its trunk)

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Size: 100 x 70 cm
Medium: Mixed Medium
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From a bird’s eye view, Banele Njadayi records the routine activity of two ladies returning to work after their lunch break. From the shopping bags on their heads it is clear that they have just purchased more than a lunch snack, but food for the family. Banele captures a tranquillity in their stride that might be attributed to having a secure job. Between them, a Sukuma* proverb is wedged. ‘Undlovu ayisindwa ngumboko wayo’ / ‘An elephant is not overwhelmed by its trunk’. According to the proverb the trunk belongs to the elephant as much as hungry children belong to a parent and cannot be seen as a burden. Other words depicted relate to faith, working together to help and ethics.Njadayi uses soft edges and loose brush strokes to capture the fleeting moment. Soft blues used behind the words create a balmy sense of warmth and peace. This work eternalizes the reality of millions of children being fed on the small income of mothers and grandmothers such as these.

ArtistBanele NjadayiI am because we areMixed Medium

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