The exhibition is comprised of a photograph series (with 5/7 on display) and four sculptures. The narrative is set in a post-Apocalyptic space, and follows the bold journey of a lone traveller, with a companion surfacing along the way. The feeling is reflective, explorative and strong.
He describes the series of photographs and altered found object sculptural works as “The embodiment of the Traveling Spirit.
“It is the depiction of displacement; ever unsettled, in search of a world that is ready to receive the message it carries. The message of harmony between the past and present. It has moved beyond boarders to find belonging and in the process is learning that it lies within. As it travels between space and time it is weighted by it’s calling to connect this message to a collective that will listen.“
One of 14 children. His journey started when the family fled the genocide in 1994, landing in refugee villages in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo and continuing to move between Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi.
Although his family returned to their original homestead, in their brutally transformed homeland, the young MasaMara still had many journeys to travel; and it is around those journeys – and the many layers of images, objects, symbols and totems that the traveller is confronted with – that his body of work revolves.
At the age of 13, he was sent overland by his family to join his older brother in South Africa. He currently resides and works in Cape Town.
Nyambo MasaMara can also be found at the Art Fair next weekend at the CTICC.
“After a hiatus brought on by Covid19 and the subsequent lockdowns – Africa’s largest contemporary art fair, Investec Cape Town Art Fair will return to its physical home, the Cape Town International Convention Centre, from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 February 2022. “