is inspired by our culture during ‘the struggle’ of our people. During that
time, cultural practice was used to communicate, entertain and educate.
avant-garde contributed heavily in defeating the system. Through jazz,
literature, visual art and photography somehow we managed to mould our voice
boarding of taxis from downtown Alex or Tembisa to the Noord taxi rank,
commuters would read ‘Drum’ magazine while listening to Dolly Rathebe or even
Miriam Makeba or Paul Simon with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Later on after work,
they’ll be attending a political gathering somewhere deep in Soweto, so the
story went; Lilian Ngoyi would be sharing some knowledge where we managed to
find a corner of refuge from the harsh realities of apartheid.
award provides an opportunity to pay tribute to these giants, who made it
possible for us to move and speak freely
today, in democratic South Africa.
The artwork celebrates the change in Johannesburg’s street names to the
names of these pioneers - who paved and cemented a cultural phenomenon which
inspire us today.
Johannesburg based artist, Lekau Matsens (born 1986) works from his home
He studied under Prince Dube's educational development programme at the
Johannesburg Art Gallery. The programme resulted in an exhibition, titled
Confluence in 2005. He also completed a three year design foundation course at
the Artist Proof Studio, specializing in printmaking, from 2008 to 2010.
Currently, Matsena is studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Unisa.
The artist has participated in various group exhibitions, including Goodman gallery respect your right to protest? at Yuill Damaso Artists Studio in 2013. This
exhibition was a respond in the handling of the Brett Murray's artwork, the
Spear, pertaining freedom of speech and expression.
Matsena is a
and assessor within the EDTP and founder of an organization called Art.nexus. The organization’s main focus is to develop
the youth in Tembisa through the visual arts.