Zwelethu Machepha

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Zwelethu Machepha was born in 1990 at Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg. He completed his matric at Bracken High, Alberton in 2007. Post school he joined art classes held in the Johannesburg central library under Petru Viljoen, Rhett and Blessing Ngobeni.

In 2009 he studied a computer course in MS office at the CIDA city campus. In 2009 Zwelethu worked for Verimark selling products for the company. In the same year Zwelethu participated in numerous art classes held at the Joburg Art Gallery at the education centre under Nolan Stevens and William Stewart. Later that year he had his first group show. In 2010 Zwelethu joined Artist Proof Studio to study printmaking.

Zwelethu has participated in a numerous group shows since joining APS. In 2010 he participated in an exhibition at Arts on Main together with Right on The Rim and Artist Proof Studio entitled Legends of Culture. In 2011 he participated in a group show entitled Active Citizenship- A Journey through Screen-printing which was part of a master's project curated by Cloudia Hartwig. In 2012 Zwelethu was involved in the Coming of Age exhibition under the Emerging Impressions show curated by Tiffany Mentoor at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, and again a month later at a show in Braamfontein at Velo entitled BUY POP.

Zwelethu has featured in various other projects such as the ABSA L'Atelier viral video (hypnosis) and was a featured artist in a JHB live cover story. Zwelethu was also invited to exhibit in a show entitled As seen on TV at the Sibisi Art Gallery in Melrose Arch, and a month later at the Sharon Simpson annual printmaking show.

Zwelethu is currently working as an intern at APS to the screen-print unit where he has been assisting in the printing of artworks for artists such as William Kentridge, Nelson Makamo, Bevan De Wet, Stephan Erasmus and Bambo Sibiya.

I suppose above all, I am interested in discovering the ability as an artist to reflect on the experiences of personal and cultural representation of the self.

Generally I am conscious of this as I work; I seek to achieve several changes in my practice which implies the belief that through the conversion of energy, something valid may result.

My intention is to raise a question of what will emerge. For some of us whose intellectual, social and other desires are farsighted, experimentation is a necessary tool for the knowledge of our ambition and other sources and our goals and possibilities can then be constantly expressed in this way.

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