The Naked Pressure of City Life


by Senzo Shabangu

“This is one of the dangerous places – if you don’t follow what you want and belive, if you don’t become unique amongst the the masses, if you are scared to say things the way you see them as a human being, and if you follow the crowd then the city will show no mercy as it swallows you.

“The bigger figures moving through the landscape of the city symbolise the power one has as a human being as long as one believes in one’s own thoughts and ideas, and through this anything can be possible.

“The upside down world/city is the pressure we face and overcome daily. The rent, peer pressure, responsibility, family, money, etc. It is not that easy to live under the pressure.

“Artists are naked minds. The things I face as an artist in everyday life relate to every human being, but the difference with us as artists is that we are transparent and sensitive to every matter and every challenge which we face in life. The art tellls a story of the future and the past, the way we see things. This exhibition tells the story that made me to be who I am today.”

Naked Pressure will on exhibition at Workshop Gallery, David Krut Projects, 140 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, from 13 August to 10 September.