Visual artist Muso Masoabi talks about his series; Kabeloamanong.
When we consume art, it can be very easy for us to look at just the surface and end there. We can critique the artist’s technique, choice of medium and sometimes even the subject matter. But we often forget about all the emotion and energy behind a piece of work. Each time you create, you give a piece of your soul.
Meeting Muso Masoabi and chatting to him about his work reminded me of this fact. For many artists, particularly in countries such as South Africa, art remains a medium used to tell deeply meaningful stories; through hurt, struggle, fear, confusion and joy……a real outlet of redemptive beauty.
This is how Muso talks about himself and his work:
I was born in Lesotho, where my father was in exile during apartheid. I tell my story through a series called ‘kabeloamanong - through a man’s eyes you can see his soul’. The series tells the story of my journey through art, the hardships and the joys.
Loosely translated, kabeloamanong, speaks of how when a baby boy is born, his destiny is set out for him as he will have to leave the home in search of it. Should he die far away from home, his burial will be vultures feeding on his body. This concept is born of a different time when patriarchy dictated different fates for boys and girls, but the principle of one having to leave the homestead in search of greener pastures and ‘making it’, is still as relevant today as it was years ago. Johannesburg, in particular, being the ultimate promise of fulfilling dreams and destinies.
Muso is self taught and has exhibited his work throughout S.A and beyond. His work is deeply moving and borders on surrealism. His passion for his art shines through in the work itself but also in how he speaks about his work.
Get in touch with him here.