Published on the occasion of Neo Matloga's first solo exhibition with Stevenson, Back of the Moon encompasses both this show and earlier works from 2017 onwards. These include Matloga's Black Collages series (2017-18), as well as paintings shown in Neo to Love at the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, in 2019. An essay by Luyanda Mpangele takes as its starting point Matloga's studio in what was formerly his parents' 'two-room' in his hometown of Ga-Mamaila, Limpopo, where he produced the works for Back of the Moon. An interview with the artist by Sisipho Ngodwana and Dineo Diphofa ranges from the making of this show to questions of nostalgia, language, and personal and artistic influences. And Ashraf Jamal reflects on the development of Matloga's work, the nature of the scenes that he constructs and his relationship to painting and collage, commenting: 'Matloga’s world vision is not fragmented; it is the sum of fragments. It is not the join that matters (everything is broken, everything must be joined) but the union that splicing affords.'
Published by Stevenson | Catalogue 95 | September 2020
Softcover, 108 pages | Price: R280