Contour Man: Exhibition by Bokang Mankoe and Nkosana Nhlapo

Artist Proof Studio Exhibitions. Contour man exhibition invitation

You are invited to Contour Man 

A two-man exhibition featuring:Bokang Mankoe and Nkosana Nhlapo

This exhibition examines the odyssey of a boy becoming a man in a contemporary world.

There is a great expectation in the black culture for men, “Monna ke nku, o llela teng” (a SeSotho proverb loosely translated: a man is a sheep, he cries inwardly). A saying similar to “boys don’t cry” which has led men bottling up their emotions and not having the space to express their emotions.

Nkosana Nhlapo monotype print
“My work documents expressed emotions in a state of frustration, loneliness, hardship. A journey to self-discovery as a man is both personal and universal. I aspire to be a role model, a man who instills kindness, discipline, courage, and good moral values.” Nkosana Nhlapo

 Bokang Mankoe - Lava Of Purification - Monotype

 “After the death of my father, I was left with the responsibilities of a father, as I am the first born. My works interrogates the idea of a perfect man, the perfect male figure for my siblings to look us to.Bokang Mankoe

The influences and experiences from their childhood and where they are today has helped shape the path to define who they are and who they want to be. The duo presents a body of work that is a reflection and meditation of the journey and the constraints of becoming a man in a contemporary society. Their work explores a linear discovery of masculinity and identity through alternative print techniques and paper making to construct an ideal man.

Join us at the exhibition and let’s engage in an open conversation about what it means to be a man, today. 

30 April 2022

10:00AM -2PM

36 Boundary Road, Isle of Houghton Office Park, Johannesburg,2198

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April 14, 2022

Youth Power


For 30 years Artist Proof Studio has supported the development of committed, skilled, and professional artists who make meaningful contributions in our society through their art practice and engagement with community-based projects.

This vision is shared by many of our partners like Roast Republic who identify education as the standout social issue that has the ability to change the landscape of a country as well as a generation.

Join us in the month of June we celebrate young artists, we are selling a range of investment prints - some available on special offer every first and last Saturday of the month. Roast Republic on-site with the hot drinks to keep us warm! 

Featured Artists Include:

David Madlabane  |  Mandla Mavengere  |  Khosi Kunene  |  Simphiwe Dlamini  |  Amanda Motsegoa  |  Samantha Maseko  |  Cinthia Binene Sifa


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