Nicholas Hlobo

  • Nicholas Hlobo

  • Nicholas Hlobo

    Mphephethe uthe cwaka, 2017

    Brass, bronze, copper and rope
    Various dimensions
    Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong

    Nicholas Hlobo was born in 1975 in South Africa. He lives and works in Johannesburg.

    Made from bent and manipulated brass instruments, Nicholas Hlobo’s Mphephethe uthe cwaka installation stands as a silent orchestra. The title, in his native Xhosa language, translates as “blowing them in silence”, relating to the power of music and sound, particularly the universality of the horn. The title also has sexual connotations, echoed through the phallic bronze mouthpieces attached to each sculpture.

    Nicholas Hlobo relates the act of playing the instruments to oral sex. This installation captures the rhythmic movement seen throughout his oeuvre, and explores themes of transformation, fluidity, and ritual.

    Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong (c) Athena Pokroy
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