Mabulu’s latest solo exhibition ‘Concerning Violence’ explores the layers of violence that affect the mass psyche of South Africa and the continent at large. ‘Concerning Violence’ is a study of power and of a society riddled with violence and trauma inflicted on the people by those in power.
“Colonialism and the violence of it has spread so far and left a disease rooted deeply throughout the continent. We live in a climate of passive acceptance of the pretence of post colonialism and victory over oppression but it’s roots remain and grow under the surface”. Mabulu explores this intrinsic violence in the underbelly of our contemporary society of which the roots have not be ripped away but repurposed. Mabulu quotes “The powers responsible for this violence are seldom if ever held accountable. Instead, their tools too were repurposed and turned once again on the people. Blood was not shed in retribution. The same weapons draw blood from the same people, power is the only thing that has shifted.”
Included in the show is a series of work entitled ‘The Object of Colonial Conquest’ which incorporates collected objects of notable colonial heritage. This series includes “objects trouvés” of varying colonial significance. Mabulu juxtaposes the tools of power, weapons, flags and colonialism, with antique beadwork, ceremonial weavings and other african artifacts.
“When you take the objects of colonial conquest, engraved with cries and scars and pieces of flesh and blood and the spiritual spittings of the people with their heads bashed on the ground, and stones. Object of colonial conquest which was fueled and inflated by the air expelled by the lungs of those you have destroyed.”