Leviathan by Mavande Ka Zenzile

2016 – 2017

Mavande Ka Zenzile



Cow dung and oil on canvas


62.5 x 200 cm


Leviathan references the coiled sea serpent in the Old Testament. The term is also used as symbol of earthly kings who have displayed instances of greed, tyranny and evil. He observes that our understanding of art, just like our perception of reality, is continuously dictated by materialist worldviews, dogmatic ideologies, and archetypes, which are circulated throughout western art history. From his disenchantment with dominant worldviews, Ka Zenzile seeks to destabilise the component parts of hegemonic systems of thought, opening the possibility for radical ways of thinking about the hegemonies of perception.

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