On Saturday (26th August) Trevor Stuurman opened his HOME to the public at Hazard Gallery in Maboneng for his first solo exhibition.

I had a brief conversation with him regarding his work, please read below

What was your inspiration behind the HOME exhibition?

The inspiration was the feeling of home,there’s so much power in stillness and that’s what you get at home sometimes, home is that quite place.

HOME also brings together photographic works of OviHimba women and Ndebele initiates. It reimagined aspects of how the black body has been portrayed in Africa, speaks to our bodies as unfamiliar spaces even though it is the only ‘home’ we truly know from birth and thus consequently explores ideas of home and the self.

Why did you decide to showcase the oviHimba Women?

The Himba women are a vanishing tribe and it was important to highlight and cast light on them, if you post a picture on instagram, it will be taken down because of their bare breast.

It is through the documentary photographs taken in Swakopmund, Namibia that Trevor attempts to interrogate ideas of home through exploration of cultures/traditions.

Why the Ndebele Men?

They’re never seen so I wanted to show a different version/perspective of the Ndebele culture because it is always commercialised.

Inspiration behind the bicycle?

The bicycle is me (laughs) I see myself as a self-made person that is customised and moves forward and I wanted to put culture on wheels as well.

A bike is an object that requires you to paddle and you use your own energy to move it forward and that’s how I personalised it, I projected myself into it.

“By grouping OviHimba women together in an exhibition with Ndebele initiates – may seem to be two contrasting contexts and experiences. This project does not assume that their experience or intention in doing what they do is similar, but rather to consider how difference, perhaps, might be seen as a powerful and uniting factor”

In your opinion what do you think is vanishing in South Africa in terms of culture and identity?

I think unity, understanding and patience are vanishing, we’re always so quick to move on, dividing and let things fall apart and I think the big part about our culture as Africans is togetherness. If we can put aesthetics aside and go back to the core, to things that people can’t appropriate which are values.

Exhibition Partner: Kholisa Thomas Art Advisory

For enquiries or to request the exhibition catalogue, contact:

Zanele Mthembu: zanele@hzrd.co.za| 076 043 6333