Malangatana Ngwenya
Untitled 1967

Artwork details

Artist
Malangatana Ngwenya 1936–2011
Title
Untitled
Date 1967
Medium Oil paint on hardboard
Dimensions Support: 1095 x 1902 mm
framed: 1115 x 1925 x 49 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Africa Acquisitions Committee 2014
Reference
T13985

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This painting depicts the violence and suffering endured by ordinary people in Mozambique during the War of Independence from Portugal (1964–74) and was made while the conflict was still raging. Figures overlap, seemingly merging into one another and collapsing any sense of perspective, a reflection on the importance of community and social relationships, shown here in meltdown. Three years before painting this, the artist had been imprisoned for eighteen months by the Portuguese secret police for his involvement in FRELIMO (the Front for Liberation of Mozambique).

November 2015

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