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Bongani Mashange: Stellenbosch University. Selected Graduate 2019

Published: 25.07.2019
Bongani Mashange Bongani Mashange
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Universiteit Stellenbosch University
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2019
Bongani Mashange. Brooch: Hybrid Brooch 1, 2018. Sterling silver, resin, wild olive wood.. Photo by: Hjalmar Bekker. Bongani Mashange
Brooch: Hybrid Brooch 1, 2018
Sterling silver, resin, wild olive wood.
Photo by: Hjalmar Bekker
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Intro
In this Body of work, Bongani Mashange uses jewellery design in order to interrogate his own HYBRID identity. Bongani relies on his own cultural identity in order to address and visualize issues of xenophobia, multiculturalism, place and displacement. He creates jewellery pieces and sculptural pieces that talk about these topical and complex issues of identity that young Zimbabwean’s currently face. Bongani is inspired by African relics that relates to his own identity. In his work, he reinvents these relics in an innovative way, through the use of a diverse range of materials, such as wood, silver, resin and more. The work he has done in terms of his practical discipline, as a jewellery designer, as well as the conceptual motivation for this body of work, deserves to be recognized.
/ Joani Groenewald
Universiteit Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.


My work examines my personal, cultural experiences as a black Zimbabwean - a black Zimbabwean raised in both a traditional African setting and a modern more globalized setting (1). I utilize visual representations that illustrate my multi-cultural influences as a whole as a means of expressing my interculturality (2). My body of work is in celebration of my identity, and it seeks to investigate whether such influences are generative of hybrid art jewellery.
 
I am a product of Shona, Ndebele and various western and other cultural influences. As a black Zimbabwean, I identify myself as being both Shona and Ndebele. In Zimbabwe, the indigenous ethnic groups have been heavily influenced by western culture, beliefs, and practices. Nevertheless, I am well informed in regards to my African heritage, culture, and beliefs. My jewellery pieces are motivated by my Shona, Ndebele, and other cultural influences. Therefore, finding a medium of incorporating all of these cultures together is critical as they are seen as different. Due to there being a lot of intercultural differences, I refuse to convey my whole identity with a single entity but rather my pieces will represent the intersectionality of my cultural influences. The premise of my research will be based on the concept of hybridity (3).



More work and contacts:
Email: mashange@hotmail.co.uk
Phone number: +263773266172; +27787510987

Find out more about the courses at Universiteit Stellenbosch University.
 

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Bongani Mashange. Brooch: Hybrid Brooch 2, 2018. Sterling silver, resin, Jelutong.. Photo by: Hjalmar Bekker. Bongani Mashange
Brooch: Hybrid Brooch 2, 2018
Sterling silver, resin, Jelutong.
Photo by: Hjalmar Bekker
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Bongani Mashange. Brooch: Hybrid Brooch 3, 2018. Wenge wood, sterling silver.. Photo by: Hjalmar Bekker. Bongani Mashange
Brooch: Hybrid Brooch 3, 2018
Wenge wood, sterling silver.
Photo by: Hjalmar Bekker
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Bongani Mashange. Brooch: Hybrid Brooch 4, 2018. Sterling silver, resin, Jelutong.. Photo by: Hjalmar Bekker. Bongani Mashange
Brooch: Hybrid Brooch 4, 2018
Sterling silver, resin, Jelutong.
Photo by: Hjalmar Bekker
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Bongani Mashange. Neckpiece: Hybrid Pendant 4, 2018. Wood, resin, leather, quartz, silver.. 10 x 7 cm. Photo by: Hjalmar Bekker. Bongani Mashange
Neckpiece: Hybrid Pendant 4, 2018
Wood, resin, leather, quartz, silver.
10 x 7 cm
Photo by: Hjalmar Bekker
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Bongani Mashange. Pendant: Hybrid Pendant 5, 2018. Wenge wood, sterling silver, cubic zirconia, smokey quartz, leather.. Photo by: Hjalmar Bekker. Bongani Mashange
Pendant: Hybrid Pendant 5, 2018
Wenge wood, sterling silver, cubic zirconia, smokey quartz, leather.
Photo by: Hjalmar Bekker
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Bongani Mashange. Neckpiece: Hybrid Neckpiece 2, 2018. Fine Silver, resin, leather, PPC cement.. 17 x 5 x 70 cm. Photo by: Hjalmar Bekker. Bongani Mashange
Neckpiece: Hybrid Neckpiece 2, 2018
Fine Silver, resin, leather, PPC cement.
17 x 5 x 70 cm
Photo by: Hjalmar Bekker
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