'Migrant family life in South Africa' 452 x 304, linocut
|The right to privacy includes the right not to have one's person, home, or property searched. It also mentions the right to enjoy privacy in one's communications, which can refer to many aspects of daily life. Inspired by his own experience, Nhlanhla Xaba depicts the unbearable overcrowding that characterises the living conditions of many people in South Africa. A couple with a child and another young couple are tightly crammed into one room, sleeping in bunk beds and suffering from a complete lack of privacy. The image is cropped, which effectively underlines the claustrophobic character of the space. Disturbed in their sleep, they look helplessly at the uninvited spectator who invades the security and supposed privacy of their home in the middle of the night.
Gauteng artist Nhlanhla Arthur Xaba was born in Payneville, Springs in 1960. He studied Fine Art with UNISA through the African Institute of Art in Johannesburg and specialised in Child Art Education. He was involved as an art teacher in several community projects and presently teaches at Funda Community College, VACA and Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg. Nhlanhla Xaba is the co-founder and Assistant Director of Artist Proof Studio. He has had two solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows in South Africa and overseas.