South African poet and artist, Pitika Ntuli’s latest 45-bone sculptures virtual exhibition has been hailed for challenging human consciousness amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The 78-year-old spent three years creating the sculptures, long before the Covid-19 pandemic, yet for him, they are an apt response or antidote to the current socio-political chaos around the world.
“Covid is helping us sit down and to meditate about the state of the world, the state of who we are as a people, who we are in a sense as a country,” he said.
The online exhibition was originally meant for a museum show however due to the coronavirus lockdown, it has been presented virtually ahead of a museum tour now scheduled for 2021.
Hailed for his provocative art pieces, Ntuli says the animal bones exhibition titled, “Azibuyele Emasisweni” which loosely translates to “return to the source” in the local Zulu language, are a way for him to use African spirituality to connect with the origins of human life.
In addition, Ntuli says his sculptures are meant to encourage society to resolve the issues of greed and corruption.