Often using his own skillfully crafted handmade paper, Thina Dube’s work explores the politics of language in South Africa, and the ways in which individual identities are dramatically shaped by what languages they can or cannot speak. In particular he is interested in English as means of control and manipulation in relation to indigenous South African languages. In some art works, he intersperses texts in different South African languages, some of whose pages are partially burned, evoking notions of erasure and disappearance as well as the rage of political protest. Thina also explores leadership, hierarchies and elitism, represented through the beret.
In other work, texts and organic plant materials are embedded under the surface of the paper itself, suggestive of identity’s many layers, which sometimes peel or flake away but other times remain hidden. Silhouettes step in and out of the subtle indentation spaces defined by printing, or sometimes linger on the border of that space. Here we find ideas around imposition and entrapment, again in relation to language and power.
Born in 1993, Thina is a graduate of the University of Johannesburg, holds a postgraduate diploma in Education, and has taught at the National School of the Arts. Thina is also an art therapist who works with children with special needs. Thina has exhibited in group shows at Turbine Art Fair in 2015, Constitutional Hill in Jo’burg, and with the Sguzu Press Soweto. Thina has worked with Guns & Rain since 2015.
We have additional artworks which are not yet on the website – please just email us for more details: info @ gunsandrain.com. You can also explore Thina’s work via one of our London partners, Partnership Editions.
Exhibitions, Awards & Collections
2018 Solo Exhibition (forthcoming), Guns & Rain, Johannesburg
2018 Residency, First Floor Gallery Harare
2018 The Last Harvest, Solo Exhibition, Stellenbosch Museum, Cape Town
2018 Talking to Deaf Ears, Group Exhibition, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg
2017 Salon, Group Exhibition, AVA Gallery, Cape Town
2017 White Noise, Group Exhibition, Joburg Fringe Fair
2017 Partnership Editions, AKAA Art Fair, Paris
2017 Facing Fanagalo, Solo Exhibition, Guns & Rain and National School of the Arts, Johannesburg
2016 Bua, Group exhibition, Sguzu Press, Soweto
2016 Group Exhibition, International AIDS Conference, Durban
2016 Reconnect, Group Exhibition, Eyethu Gallery
2016 Guns & Rain, Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg
2015 Guns & Rain, Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg
2015 Group exhibition, a collaboration with Ka’plan, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg
2014 3rd Year Group Exhibition, FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg