Thina Dube (b.1993) is a South African artist and educator whose practice explores his home country’s multilayered identity politics, as well as the fluidity of identity’s in response to social environments and change. Initially trained as a printmaker – and sometimes using his own crafted handmade paper – Dube unpacks the themes of social inclusion, attachment, memory and loss in relation both to people and to objects. In doing so, he builds a tension between narrative storytelling and the tradition of still life painting.
Referencing theatre conventions, he sees his work as breaking the “fourth wall”, inviting viewers to project themselves into his often-faceless figures, to reflect on their own lived experience and how memories morph through time. This disruption of negative and positive space in his work allows for the audience to consider their own realities whilst questioning how identity is shaped through context and situation.
Dube is a graduate of the University of Johannesburg and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Dube has worked with Guns & Rain since 2015. He has exhibited in dozens of group shows across South Africa including at the Stellenbosch Museum and ABSA (2018). His work has been shown at AKAA Paris (2018), Cologne Fine Art & Design (2019), ARCO Lisboa (2020) and 1-54 London (2020, 2021), and sits in multiple international collections. He is currently based in Saudi Arabia, where he teaches art at the Jeddah International School.
Only you remember me
Monotype and Acrylic paint on Fabriano paper
Sheet Size: 49.5 x 35 cm
I feel everything
A message from…
Tomorrow can only be obtained when you cherish the moments you are given II
Monotype on Fabriano paper
Sheet Size: 46 x 33 cm
Tomorrow can only be obtained when you cherish the moments you are given VII
Tomorrow can only be obtained when you cherish the moments you are given IX
Acrylic, drawing ink, charcoal and soft pastel on Fabriano
70 x 50cm
We are from the same dream just a different time I
Acrylic and charcoal on Fabriano
75 x 55 cm
We are from the same dream just a different time III
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