Sam Nhlengethwa Waiting Lithographs

In these lithographs, Sam Nhlengethwa explores the topic of waiting. Most South Africans are good at being patient to beyond the limits of endurance. South Africans spend a lot of their lives in line waiting for public transport, waiting to be served at clinics, waiting to receive their pensions, waiting for water to be installed in their street, waiting at Home Affairs for documents, waiting for answers from corrupt politicians and business people. We are a nation of people who wait. ‘We all see people waiting and sometimes we become victims of waiting,’ says Nhlengethwa. In these prints, Nhlengethwa explores some aspects of the experience of waiting, South African style.

Where are those kids? Two neatly dressed grandmothers wait. Are they waiting for their grandchildren to visit? Their own children or perhaps it is their husbands who have slipped off and gone somewhere they should not? Waiting for an answer suggests a moment of tension between the young couple, uncomfortably sitting at a table. It could be a proposal, a confession of infidelity or an announcement of a pregnancy. SASSA?! refers to the South Africa Social Security Agency, on which millions depend for their pensions, disability and child support grants. SASSA has been embroiled in endless inefficiencies and seemingly dodgy arrangements which has resulted in people waiting even more than they normally would. One more shot focuses on a man alone at a bar, waiting for what has probably become his lifeblood. Appointment at Spaza Shop could be a meeting up of friends, a get together to discuss business opportunities, a romantic liaison or something more sinister. The open-ended titles of the prints leave the interpretation up to the viewer, allowing us to each bring our own experiences of waiting to the work.

Artists A - L (by surname)

Artists M - X (by surname)

Title: Appointment at Spaza Shop
Medium: Five colour lithograph
Paper size: 50 x 64.8 cm
Image size: 40 x 57 cm
Edition size: 35
Price: R 9 200 (excl.VAT)


Title: Where are those kids?
Medium: Five colour lithograph
Paper size: 50 x 64.8 cm
Image size: 40 x 57 cm
Edition size: 35
Price: R 9 200 (excl.VAT)


Title: Waiting for an answer
Medium: Six colour lithograph
Paper size: 50 x 64.8 cm
Image size: 40 x 57 cm
Edition size: 35
Price: R 9 200 (excl.VAT)


Title: SASSA?!
Medium: Six colour lithograph
Paper size: 50 x 64.8 cm
Image size: 40 x 57 cm
Edition size: 35
Price: R 9 200 (excl.VAT)


Title: One more shot
Medium: Six colour lithograph
Paper size: 50 x 64.8 cm
Image size: 40 x 57 cm
Edition size: 35
Price: R 9 200 (excl.VAT)

Take a look at other prints that Sam Nhlengethwa has done at The Artists' Press

Goats

The Recyclers

Conversations

The Beat of Drum

Glimpses of the 50's and 60's

Kind of Blue

Jazz prints

Tributes to other artists

Restaurant series

Township series

Mine series

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