(b. 1987, Pretoria, South Africa)
Setlamorago Mashilo is compelled by a sense of social conscience. He employs the use of ‘ dika le diema ’
(Sepedi proverbs and idioms) into his multidisciplinary art practice, to translate the community’s oral histories
into artistic interventions and installations.
Taking the baton from his earlier works, Mabu a u tswitswe Bodulo and Landlords & Trespassers , Mashilo’s work
oscillates around the ‘consequence’ of dwelling, building and thinking, often [re] interrogating and [re]
articulating narratives that resonate individually and collectively about our sense of loss, nostalgia and
inherited memories. His work becomes a form of conversation about the values of our societies; how they are
deeply encoded in our language and the objects that are derived from them and, ultimately, how that
extrapolates into the communities we grow up in.