Mbali Dhlamini (b. Johannesburg, South Africa, 1990; MA University of theWitwatersrand, 2015) is a multidisciplinary artist and coordinator.
Dhlamini performs visual, tactile and discursive investigations into current indigenous cultural practices. With a view towards decolonized practices in contemporary culture, her work is in constant conversation with her past and present visual landscapes. Working to maintain a state of unlearning and relearning, Dhlamini’s process recognizes language as a medium of understanding and as a repository of knowledge
Non Promised Land:
Bana ba thari enstho is an investigation on how Apostolic and Zionist movements use colour to explore faith and spirituality in an attempt to negotiate their presence and space. Introspection on how colour use within the movements has shifted from the white missionary garments to a rainbow of colours that crowd our communities of Sunday. In search for a sense of identity and a place to belong, these bright coloured church garments filled our surroundings like ghostly images; they move and swirl through space.