Andrew Ntshabele: PEOPLE OF THE SHADOW ECONOMY.
26 September – 19 October 2019
Onto vintage newspapers, telling histories long forgotten, he paints the people of his city, whom he hopes will be remembered, appreciated, celebrated.While the city is gripped by fear, violence and prejudice Andrew doesn’t set out to paint an idealistic view of the city.
He zooms in to find small kindnesses, focuses on the relationships between people, shows gratitude for those busy with thankless chores and highlights the oftentimes forgotten ones – in vibrant colour – because this is the heartbeat of the city. These are the shadow people keeping the city alive.Someday, today’s headlines will pass from consciousness but the people affecting positive change honoured, with their stories being told – in brushstroke and colour by an artist who lives among them and observes them every day.