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Bongi Bengu




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I was born in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, grew up in exile, in Geneva, Switzerland and studied in High School in Switzerland and later Waterford Kamhlaba in Swaziland. As a student in Swaziland, I received a distinction for a research project, which included interviewing established and major artists who later became my colleagues at The Bag Factory Studios in Newtown, Johannesburg.


It is through that eye opening exercise and exposure to the art establishment at such a young age that I decided to become an artist. I later enrolled and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree Mount Vernon College, in Washington DC, and an Masters Degree in Fine Arts from The University of Cape Town. I have since participated in numerous international residencies and workshops. Though highly versatile my work is a social commentary about my life a black/African woman, and a black woman artist. Over the years my work has been evolving in texture and depth, I have worked with soils, collage and clay. My older output – utilizing leaves- and engagement with nature, preserving, questioning and re- interpreting the meaning of life and its organisms, speaks of the process of decay and renewal (of life). It also echoes my experience of exile and homecoming.


The most recent work is inspired by my meditation and healing practices originating from India. It expresses my search for inner peace and freedom.

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