Exhibition banner for Nicholas Hlobo Level 2 Gallery Tate Modern
Level 2 Gallery: Nicholas Hlobo
Tate Modern: Exhibition
9 December 200829 March 2009
Nicholas Hlobo Visual Diary 2008

Nicholas Hlobo
Visual Diary 2008 (detail)
2380 x 15570 mm

Photo: Clifford Shain
Courtesy of the artist and Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town
© Nicholas Hlobo

This is Nicholas Hlobo’s first solo exhibition in the UK. Hlobo weaves together disparate materials including satin ribbon, leather and the inner tubes of car tyres. Anchored in dense Xhosa cultural references and his experiences of living in post-apartheid South Africa, his work is highly individual and seductively tactile. In this exhibition Hlobo intricately stitches together a massive organic form that appears to have invaded the gallery. This new commission, together with a series of works on paper, is richly layered with bodily references, sexual innuendo and Xhosa fable.

The Level 2 Gallery programme has been made possible with the generous support of Catherine Petitgas