Maela Tsoku- In a dream so lucid, suspended between life and death, in search of self in a current of consciousness, I live infinity. A universe that looks at itself with fantasy. "Who am I?" I asked the infinite viewer, his eyes as deep as the ocean, his soul torn apart by the earthquake. Swirling in the pool of my confusion; everything that was not said left much to be desired. "Who am I?" I asked the Infinite, skin like a pecan like the African hills, such beauty tied my belly in bantuno knots. Is it love or lust? The question reverberates in the corridors of my mind, reminding me of the day I chose them as my own. I remember before I was born. I remembered my many deaths. Before the Infinite becomes Me, and I become infinite. "Who am I?" I asked again. Silence gave me violence so wretched that the mind waged war against the heart. Hands tremble, shoulders weak, knees curly by the weight of the gift, the anointing: "Who am I?! Chosen to live this life? Unworthy and misguided, why did you choose me? Who am I?" Silence gave me such wretched violence that hope waged war against time, but the Infinite finally responded, rolling in its cradle, to the laughter that sprang from its navel: "Who are you?" Tsoku Maela - Barongwa Tsoku Maela - Barongwa Tsoku Maela - Barongwa Tsoku Maela - Barongwa
Sam-dhi was once defined as the transcendent state that is reached during the ecstasy of yogis masters. There are many different phases of Sam-dhi, but it is universally accepted as the state of meditation or deep concentration where the mind, body and space become one. Where there is no more singular "me".. "Diphiri Ta MaWatle" translates as "Secrets of the Ocean" and represents the receptive Yin. During this phase Yin of Sam-dhi, one learns to get rid of any preconceived idea of a self. Be part of a collective "me." Become one with the source in a process of silence. The notions of right and wrong become relative.Tsoku Maela - Chönyi Bardo Tsoku Maela - The Three Tsoku Maela - The Anointed Tsoku Maela - Ego Death, Becoming a no one
– Boom! Baby group exhibition: Young Blood beautiful life Gallery, Cape Town
– Month of Photography group exhibition and talk: Mogalakwena Gallery
– Mass is art group exhibition: Pan African Market, Cape Town
– Cape GRID International Photography Bennial: Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
– Broken Things: A story of self-love: Solo Exhibition, 99 Loop Gallery
– Barongwa: I am that I am: Solo Exhibition, 99 Loop Gallery
– Rituals, LagosPhoto Festival, Nigeria (Broken Things)
– Photo17, solo, Directors selection (Broken Things), Zurich
– Turbine Art Fair, Lizamore and Associate Gallery
– 35 years: Trailblazers group exhibition, Lizamore and Associates gallery
– Joburg Art Fair ETF, group exhibition with Ablade Glover and Tony Gum, Christopher Moller gallery
– ICT Cape Town Art Fair, group show with Neo Matloga, Ablade Glover (including Andrew Solgado Solo)
– No More clichés, please, solo. Lizamore and Associates gallery
– In Silva group exhibition (including: Gina Waldman, Diane Victor, Anastasia Pather), Kalashnikov gallery, Johannesburg.
– Appropriate, PULSE Art Fair, Art Basel, Miami – Christopher Moller gallery
(work selected as top 10 Pérez Art Museum picks)
– In Silva, KKNK Festival, Oudtshoorn
Biography of Tsoku Maela
Born on March 29 in Lebowakgomo, South Africa, and working mainly on photography, film and text, Maela is interested in the motivations of most societal problems through the observation and study of human behavior and psyche in the hope of creating a universal understanding of these motivations through dialogue and a unique visual language that borrows from the surrealist and Afrofuturist movement.
His work was broadcast on CNN: African Voices, Hyperallergic, VICE, GUP magazine, and presented in South Africa, Lagos, Zurich and Miami Art Basel at the contemporary art fair PULSE (his works are among the top 10 choices of the Pérez Art Museum). It is also part of the first publication of the contemporary art magazine “100 Artists of the Future” (2019).
Academically, his work has also been used in student exhibitions in the United Kingdom to raise awareness of mental health and at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, archived as part of the Transition. Private collections of his works include the contemporary art collection M and C SAATCHI and the JP Morgan Abadali art collection, among others.
Concerned about the human condition, visceral, spiritual, socio-economic and geopolitical landscapes, conversations that many consider too taboo to grant space and time – his only desire is to set fire to love and hope in the heart of anyone who crosses his work, to inspire a young energy that wants to create and fight for lasting change while archiving a beautiful Past, present and future African in constant evolution.