Lot 5 - Bokani - Blue Flame
Stain glass paint on acrylic mirror
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust
Curated by Art on a Postcard
Bokani's artistic practice bridges continents and disciplines, weaving together African sensibilities with Western conceptual art. Born in Zimbabwe and currently based in London, her path transcends geographical boundaries, drawing inspiration from diverse cultural landscapes and intellectual currents. Formal education played a pivotal role in shaping Bokani's artistic language. Her 2009 undergraduate studies in Politics with Economics at the University of Bath instilled a critical awareness of social and environmental issues, while her 2020 Masters in Art at Goldsmiths College, specialising in Computational Art, honed her technical skills and conceptual frameworks. This interdisciplinary background informs her artistic engagement with themes of integral ecology and climate justice. Liberatory Black feminist thought serves as another crucial thread in Bokani's tapestry. This engagement manifests in her art through subtle yet powerful allusions to African cosmologies, ancestral narratives, and the lived experiences of marginalized communities. Rigorous research into sustainable economic theory, ethnographic interviews about classic Ndebele traditions, and fabulation are part of the artist's wider inquiry. Bokani's main chosen medium, stained glass, undergoes a radical transformation in her hands. She pushes the boundaries of this traditionally decorative practice, imbuing it with conceptual depth and contemporary relevance. Intricate abstract work adorns the glass surfaces, narrating stories of resilience, migration, and the interconnectedness of all living beings. Mirrored surfaces dance with reflections, drawing viewers into a dialogue between perception and reality, challenging them to confront their own positionality within the complex web of ecological and social relationships.
The works draw the viewer contemplatively into the piece through a distorted reflection of the metaphysical self and environment. The immersive quality of the paintings creates a liminal space in which new realities seem tantalizingly within reach. Vibrant colors imbue the works with a talismanic quality while the reflective surface acts as a portal, transporting the viewer to a new idealised place. The paintings are in a constant state of flux, adapting to the changes in light that occur throughout the day and the seasons, absorbing and assimilating each new ray. Through her art, Bokani embraces paradox, inviting viewers to critically engage with pressing social and ecological issues while opening up new possibilities for individual contemplation.
University of Bath
Politics with Economics BSc - 2009
Goldsmiths College, University of London
Computational Art, MA - 2022
Sibone Okunye (solo), National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, 2023
Beyond Figuration: Then and Now, Gillian Jason Gallery, (London, UK) 2023
Untold Stories, A public art commission by the London Mayor’s Office for a mural in Freston Road, 2023
Mystical Nature, Roman Road Gallery, (London, UK) 2022
In Conversation Now! Shapero Rare Books, (London, UK) 2022
Some of us are brave III (Oxford, UK) 2022
#BlackArtOutdoors Billboards (London, Leeds, Bristol, UK)2020-2021
Port of Call, Changing Room Gallery, (London, UK) 2021
ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, (London, UK)2021
Some of us are brave II , Stratford Library,(London, UK) 2021
The New Hues Of Blackness, MYO Victoria, (London, UK) 2021
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