The Portfolio: Lizzie ZiqubuM – The Mail & Guardian


Senior Residents is a photograph sequence by Lizzie ZiqubuM aimed toward documenting and creating an archive of untold tales. It’s a celebration, recognition and appreciation of the function that grandmothers play in society — and in their very own households.  

The latter entails taking good care of the household and assuming the function of head of the household, that means they must be a breadwinner and a caregiver, parenting grandchildren whose mother and father are both at work or not actively concerned in elevating them. The massive function of grandmothers deserves to be celebrated, however is commonly uncared for. 

Lizzie ZiqubuM selected August, Women’s Month, to open the exhibition and marked it to run into September, a month that can also be important to this artist, who considers older folks because the heritage of the nation.

ZiqubuM has laboured on this physique of labor since 2015. The present options 37 framed photographs printed in color and black and white, taken in and round KwaZulu-Natal. 

The distinction of the colors signifies a timeless report and highlights the sitters’ magnificence, verve and resilience. Sadly, a number of the members have handed on, which cemented the artist’s urgency in showcasing the work as a method to grant these nonetheless dwelling a chance to be celebrated whereas alive.

Together with walkabouts and visits with aboggo and grandchildren, the present has offered a chance for the sitters and viewers to see both themselves or their relations and pals on the wall. 

In addition they get to take heed to the recorded messages from totally different generations of abazukulu, sharing love and appreciation for them. 

A lot of the seniors have by no means set foot in a gallery and their first time is made extraordinary as a result of they’re the primary focus of the exhibition.

The oldest citizen within the exhibition is the late Balingene Zwane (1917 – 2019). The picture was taken on Umkomazi, South Coast (2017). Photograph: Lizzie ZiqubuM

Baja La Dhlamini Sidzumo is the curator of Senior Citizens, which runs at the KZNSA Gallery till September 13 2020

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