Zamani Xaba

The work of Zamani Xaba silently asks when the artistic representation of an object no longer is merely that object. This we see in his depictions of sewing machines.


Xaba’s use of sewing machines as metaphorical stand-ins for his subjects stretches back to his days as a student at the Artist Proof Studio when he initially used the sewing machine as a representation of his family heritage. In these early instances these machines took on the personas of family members such as his grandmother (a seamstress) and his grandfather (an upholsterer), as well as his mother, aunts and uncles who were dress-makers and tailors.  


This later shifts as Xaba focuses on much darker political themes of corrupt governance systemic poverty.