FORMER DUT STUDENT REFLECTS ON IDENTITY
By Winston Sibanda
It was a busy evening at the Durban Art Gallery as Sibonelo Tau Luthuli showcased his “Song of the soil” exhibition on Thursday.
Luthuli was among the Durban University of Technology ‘s Fine Art class of 2013.
He said that his work is based on redeeming Africa’s identity. He described the patterns in his ceramics as voices.
“These patterns are my voice to the people, but it all depends on how one interprets them because art is dynamic,” said Luthuli.
He said that for artists, there is a need for them to know their identity so that they can tell their own stories.
Founder of Abangoni Culural Development of Skills Organisation South Africa, Minister Mbhele, described Luthuli as a lion which shakes the world when it roars.
He said, “He is a lion and he makes a mark where he is. Art is not only about building structures, but it involves building a society.”
Bongumenzi Ngobese, who officially opened the exhibition, applauded Luthuli for breaking gender stereotypes. He said that the making of clay pots was associated with women, but Luthuli has managed to make his mark in the industry.
He acknowledged him for engaging his African roots in his art work.
He said, “His work claims a sense of heritage and belonging and that will be his identity in the field for generations to come.”
Luthuli said his work also promotes protection of women since they are the pillars of society. He said that is one of the main reasons why the clay pots are shaped like women’s hips.
He urged black people to liberate themselves from slavery.
He said, “As black people we should learn to use our talents for us to be truly liberated. How can you say you are liberated when you are looking forward to work for someone?”