Nandipha Mnthambo

Artist

It would be appropriate to call Nandipha Mnthambo a torero, or bullfighter. And not because the Swaziland-born conceptual artist and photographer reportedly upset arts and culture minster Lulu Xingwana, who, earlier this year walked out of an exhibition at which some of Mnthambo's works were on show on the grounds that they were pornographic. The Spanish word is appropriate because this graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the university of Cape Town has an abiding interest in the bovine and 2004 was her breakthrough year, with a work, titled Idle, made from raw cowhide. It was a motif she returned to again and again, as she did in her video, Ukungenisa, in which she plays a matador in the disused Pra�a de Touros arena in Maputo. In 2005 she received the Brett Kebble Art Awards Curatorial Fellowship and in 2006 she was one of five young artists selected for the MTN New Contemporaries exhibition curated by Khwezi Gule at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. � Percy Zvomuya

Lunch spot: Narina Trogon, Braamfontein, Johannesburg