1 September - 13 October 2011
Umlungu investigates what Swift’s ‘white African status’ means when living in South Africa. The artist states: ‘In order to make a difference, its imperative that I understand who I am, and what I represent, what is of value, and what needs readdressing.’ The metaphor employed for this particular investigation is a tree, the Stone Pine. These are massive imposing landscape trees, panoramic additives to how the tourist world sees the first world nature of Cape Town.
Umlungu features 7 installations using a range of materials from wood to glass and even those telephone directories annually delivered to our doorsteps. The result is a comprehensive look a sector of the environment including botanical studies and an investigation into the stone pine.