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Lelethu Tokwe

Artist's description

Malik was born in South Africa, a country suffering from high unemployment and widespread poverty. It is, however, rich in minerals and has a wealth of diverse people and communities who call South Africa home. The result is a colorful country with a population of over 50 million whose inhabitants jostle through their complex history together. The younger generation has been forced to fight for the right to education. They are dedicated to transforming the education system into a more inclusive - and affordable - space. This has given rise to recent protest movements such as #FeesMustFall, #RhodesMustFall, #OpenStellenbosch, #TransformWits and #ReformPuk. These protests have united South African students across social, racial and gender lines and have focused on the right to access free tertiary education. Driven by the edge of missing home and determined to participate in the changing political landscape, Malik documents the events that occur. His work focuses on his country's shifting realities, while celebrating diversity on a more global level. Malik will create with anything but is currently enjoying exploring the form of pyrography, alongside his long-standing relationship with painting and printing.