A journey in the company of Nicholas Hlobo

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Uhambo was the name of the show at Tate Modern by South African artist Nicholas Hlobo (the title means ‘journey’ in Xhosa, his native tongue). Soon after installing the exhibition, Hlobo showed us around. The work contains materials ranging from ribbon to rubber - even iPod earphones - creating pieces that are as appealingly tactile as they are to the eye. “I view the paper as a desert,” he says, “it’s empty, it’s dry, and somehow it needs some life.”