2 June - 15 July 2023
Mawande Ka Zenzile
Ayinethi Iyadyudyuza!
Ayinethi Iyadyudyuza!

Ayinethi Iyadyudyuza!, 2023, installation view

STEVENSON is pleased to present Ayinethi Iyadyudyuza!, an exhibition of new paintings by Mawande Ka Zenzile. Here, the artist aims to challenge traditional notions of art and the limits of perception. Drawing from isiXhosa mythologies and legends, as an alternative modality, Ka Zenzile explores the ways in which these narratives shape our understanding of the world. He writes:

The title of the exhibition derives from a story I once heard in my village while I was growing up. It is about a thikoloshe/hili (a dwarf-like mystical creature) who, it is told, on a rainy day entered one of the homesteads in my village and shouted: “Ayinethi iyadyudyuza!”, referring to the pouring rain outside. This is one of those stories of which you will often hear different versions being told in different villages.
As an imposter in the creative space or “white cube”, I seek to disrupt the status quo and question the idea of what it means to be an artist. Drawing inspiration from mythologies and folklore, I create works that transcend the boundaries of time and place, inviting viewers to rethink their preconceived notions of the world around them.
Through my use of unconventional materials and techniques, I hope to push the boundaries of what is considered "art," inviting viewers to explore new possibilities and perspectives. Whether using cow dung, oil sticks, mixed media or unconventional forms, my work seeks to challenge and inspire, offering the audience different ways of seeing beyond the limitations of their own perception.
In Ayinethi Iyadyudyuza!, I invite viewers to join me on a journey of discovery and exploration, as we navigate the intersection of art, mythology and the human experience. Through my work, I hope to inspire others to look beyond the confines of traditional art history and embrace the limitless possibilities of the creative space.

The exhibition takes place during the time of Amsterdam Art Week, opening Friday 2 June, 4 to 7pm. The artist will give a walkabout of his exhibition Saturday 3 June at 1pm.