Lusanda Ndita


Lusanda Ndita is a Johannesburg based visual artist. His works make extensive use of oral histories, photo albums and other domestic archival resources. His work interrogates the archetypal family structure, and its many inferences to society, one’s manhood and historical ties. In doing so his work further examines the validity of presence juxtaposed by absence and how regardless of family ties male role models still exist. Through the use of domestic archive materials passed onto him by his mother such as family photo albums and identification documents, Ndita attempts to bridge the gaps in his own identity and associations to manhood via deconstructing images of his missing father figures thus creating a silhouette to reflect their identity. These are often presented in various layers, most notably miners ledgers, Dom pass identity documents and work permits.

In 2016 he was part of a group exhibition at Bubblegum Club as a finalist for the Elle Style Report 2016. In 2017 Ndita completed the Advanced Programme in Photography course at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg. Ndita’s work was exhibited at the Cartier booth at the 2017 Joburg Art Fair. In 2018 He exhibited at Turbine Art Fair TAF18 as part of the Talent Unlocked Artist Career Development Programme. In 2020 he was awarded the Tierney Fellowship which culminated in a solo exhibition “Indlea ibomvu” which loosely translates to the road is red, meaning at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg. His work is also part of a group show at Pretoria Art Museum as Sasol New Signature finalist 2022. He currently has an apprenticeship under Mary Sibande and Lawrence Lemoana and as such participated in a traveling and evolving exhibition titled “Occupying The Gallery”.

Collaboration History

At the request of Mary Sibande who was working on a collaborative initiative for a group of young Joburg artists that she had taken on a mentoring role, we accepted Lusanda Ndita and Hoek Swaratlhe to come into the David Krut Workshop (DKW) at Arts On Main. Our printer Sbongiseni Khulu took over the mentoring process with these artists in gaining an understanding of the collaborative activities which are practiced at DKW.

In November 2023, Ndita came in for 5 days, for a concentrated mentoring session to learn about working on paper and the various mediums of printmaking. Sbongiseni took him through new mediums in the combination of monotype and pronto lithography, which they had gained insights from other workshops where they had been working.

Exhibition History

Lusanda Ndita: Iph’Indlela


Finding the ‘Way’: Lusanda Ndita in the Workshop

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