M Tech student hosts first solo exhibition

4 May 2021

2021 is a productive year for Lerato Lodi, an M Tech Fine and Applied Arts student. She is currently hosting her first online solo exhibition, titled, Morapedi, One Who Prays, at the North-West University Gallery and Studio Nxumalo. In addition, she was selected as an emerging creative for this year’s Design Indaba, the longest-running platform supporting young artistic talent.

Lerato Lodi.

For her solo exhibition, Lerato takes viewers along the start of a journey that looks into her curiosity of the intricacies of dual spiritual practices prevalent in “Sebaka sa Badimo” (a shrine or a sacred ritual site that is fundamental in traditional African spiritual practice), and the church as a space of worship – an important setting for Christianity.

Lerato’s body of work functions as a quest of coming to terms with her own spiritual journey, one that is complicated by her generation’s criticism of the political history of Christianity in Black people’s lives and the stigma that remains attached to African spiritual practices. 

She says she witnessed her grandmother’s unshaken acceptance and the embodiment of both these spiritual formations, and through this body of work, she seeks to strengthen her connection and elevate the voice of One Who Prays, embodying her ways of praying and her ways of being.

The exhibition, which runs until 11 May, is curated by Amohelang Mohajane, a Fine and Applied Arts alumna.

To view the exhibition, please click here.

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