Lwandiso Njara


Lwandiso Njara was born in Libode, Eastern Cape 1987. Lwandiso. Njara holds a BTech (FA) from the Tshwane University of Technology. Njara’s work is in various private and cor-porate collections including private collections, the Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC), Unisa and the Eduardo Villa Museum collections.

Lwandiso a product of a Catholic education and a rural traditional upbringing. In his work he tries to combine the influences of these lifestyles in a questioning way that moves beyond binary opposites that imply that one is superior to the other. He takes the necessary from each and use them to construct a new identity that is multiple in its reading. It allows him to shape shift from one aspect of my experience to another in a fluid manner.

He produces work that is simultaneously contemporary and yet refers to bygone times and experiences.


The sculpture series entitled They came from across the water reflects Njara’s the desire to investigate the contribution and influence of missionary education in the rural Transkei during the colonial period. In this area, most black indigenous people believed in traditional African spiritual life and the slaughtering and separating of animal flesh from the bone to honour their ancestors. Visually imitating on the bow and stern of a ship, this sculpture series simulate European missionaries arriving in Africa.

These sculptures investigate the interaction and contradiction between the Catholic religion brought to Africa by white missionaries and African spiritual life and ancestral rituals.

Furthermore, Njara comments on the Western colonisation of Africa and questions the effect of the arguable contributions missionaries and colonialist alike made to the black in-digenous people in Transkei. He deconstructs iconic religious and spiritual imagery and then masterfully reconstructs them to create a new iconic visual.


Lwandiso Njara