In this episode, I chat with Sandile Radebe about his artistic practice. This is the 4th episode in a series on Unframed called “Artists in Isolation” which profiles South African artists during the lockdown period of the COVID19 pandemic. We are living through unprecedented times, where we are needing to find new ways of connecting with each other and the broader art industry, of being inspired, and of creating more platforms for artists.
Sandile Radebe’s main area of interest is art practice in both public and private spaces. Radebe explores these spaces through stimulating a new reading of graffiti and more broadly, the way language works to help construct our realities. He visualises graffiti in abstract sculptural forms instead of alphabetical lettering. The viewer is encouraged to think about graffiti and indeed language, in a new way. Radebe says that his aim is to develop a new graffiti language devoid of stigma.
Based in Johannesburg, Radebe completed a BAFA (Honours) in 2006 at Wits School of the Arts and in 2009 studied for a PGDA in Arts and Cultural Management at the same institution. A solo exhibition, A Walk in the City, was held in 2014 at the National School of the Arts. He has participated in various group exhibitions with the most recent beingCubicle Series, Everard Read, Cape Town (2018). Radebe has been involved in several public interventions and has executed a number of commissions. He has been involved in curating and his artwork is included in private collections locally and abroad. (Source: Bag Factory website)
Enjoy listening to my conversation with Sandile.