Chad Cordeiro and Nathaniel, Otherwise known as Cordeiro&Sheppard; are Johannesburg based artists and printmakers whose practice is largely anchored in the printmaking medium. Alongside fellow artist-printmaker, Sbongiseni Khulu; Cordeiro&Sheppard are also the founders of Danger Gevaar Ingozi (DGI) studio, a printmaking and workshop space for artists and collectives.
Having first met while studying towards a BAFA at Wits university, the two artists have shared a love for a range of cultural material as a trigger point for their ongoing collaboration. From hip-hop, bboy culture to vinyl collecting, Cordeiro&Sheppard draw from the nuance of their environments as means of accessing complex narratives and dynamics in their work.
The two can often be found submerging cultural, political and economic indicators on one matrix. Through the collaging of inadvertently irreconcilable source materials whose relations are oftentimes only seen by deeply historical prefacing; the duo also pay homage to the printmaking medium and its processes by using it as a site to engage socio-economic structural veneers.
In their 2016 debut solo show at David Krut Projects “Kwaal-ity Control”; the two presented the dynamics of collaborative environments occupied by artist and printmaker/technician as broader structural indicators wherein power, labour and economics may be examined.
Up at our Archive gallery at 142, we have Cordeiro and Sheppard’s Linocuts and drypoints from their Kwaal-ity Control show. Call in at 142 Jan Smuts Avenue or forward any enquiries to [email protected]