Website: Guns & Rain
Sizwe Sibisi (b.1987) is a visual artist from KwaZulu Natal who taught himself about art, thanks to his local library in Pietermaritzburg and the Tatham Art Gallery. He originally trained as a nurse but has recently become a full-time artist.
His work celebrates and honours the LGBTQI+ community and Single Mothers. The colourfulness and layering calls to mind ‘confetti’ which signifies celebration and festivity at PRIDE marches and events. The various colours are Sibisi sprinkling some confetti onto the downtrodden members of our society. The consistent D shape signifies the profile of a pregnant woman’s stomach. Oftentimes a woman is left to raise her young alone, which is a huge struggle, yet they manage beautifully.
Non binary groups and women are subjected to wide lack of acceptance, ridicule and violence. He reflects on this in the intricate patterns of his artworks. Hand-stitching is a part of the art making process, as it reminds him of his mother doing mending for his brother and himself growing up. His mother worked as a seamstress most of her life. She’s been taking care of him and his brother by using her hands to stitch. The way he looks at it is, women do a good job stitching society together.”
South Africa as society has a long way to go in terms of normalising and accepting the non-binary. through his work, Sizwe hopes he will shift paradigms and inspire change.