Sade Shoalane


Sade Shoalane: Mesamo




Video montage

33:21 min


Raised in Gaborone, Sade Shoalane was born in 1991 in Ramotswa, Botswana. Shoalane is a spiritually inclined artist who uses trans-disciplinary approaches to naively navigate the spectrum of decolonising and re-indigenousing the personal and political self. With mediums and techniques oscillating between found object making, hand sewing, new media, performance, sound and rhythm, their work explores and suggests alternative aesthetics.

Shoalane states that "my artmaking is in a constant state of surprising flux. It often requires me to explore, reorganize and share content from my ancestral archives. The core themes are an intersection of climate action, indigenous knowledge systems, media impact and the humxn experience."

A year after endeavouring on a self-healing career, Sade Shoalane won the 2017 Young Artist of the Year Award at the annual Thapong Artist of the Year Awards (TAYA) in Gaborone. In 2019, Shoalane became one of the five core members of the artist collective The Botswana Pavilion.

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