Peters Projects, 1011 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, is pleased to present South African artist Madoda Fani and his USA solo exhibition “Mirrored Earth”, opening on Friday, February 24th running through May 6th, 2017. Peters Projects will host an opening reception from 5-7 pm on Friday, February 24th.
Madoda Fani creates ceramics pots that derive from an old tradition in tribal pottery, the reduction black, carved, polished, burnished and applied decoration on Zulu beer pots (and by other tribes) to store and serve a staple, the fermented beverage called utshwala. He is now working on a series of vessels that directly reference this source. Most distinctive is his carving of what looks like armor. The source is not the weaponry of man but the tough shields that provide insects with their defense against predators. Author, Contemporary Ceramics Scholar and Cfile Editor-in-Chief Garth Clark has written that when he first encountered Fani’s signature vessels what came to mind was the African variant of the Samurai warriors early Kozane chest armor, made from either iron or leather and bound together into small strips.
Through his mentor Theo Ntuntwana, Fani was introduced to a resident potter’s program where he worked and trained for ten years. During this time, he continued to experiment with making his own forms and became increasingly influenced and inspired by nature. An informal study of South Africa’s teeming insect world became his obsession. In the books he read on the subject he found himself increasingly focused on close-up images of insects. As a result, his work began to change and acquire a distinct, powerful voice.
Madoda (the name means “our pride” in Xhosa) was born in Cape Town in 1976 and then grew up in Gugulethu. He first studied drawing, painting, ceramics and graphic art at Sivuyile Technical College in Gugulethu then received his Fine Arts Degree at the College of Cape Town in 1999. Fani has had numerous international exhibitions and currently runs Madoda Ceramics in Johannesburg, making unique artworks as well as design. Fani also facilitates workshops for the Light from Africa Foundation and takes part in exhibitions like the Joburg Art Fair, 100 % Design South Africa and Design Miami in 2014 and 2015. In 2016 he was shown to critical acclaim on Maison & Objet in Paris. Peters Projects will be the first exhibition venue and gallery to host a solo exhibition of Madoda Fani's artwork in the United States.
For inquiries, please contact Mark Del Vecchio, Program Director of Ceramics & Design, firstname.lastname@example.org, (505)-954-5800