Nandipha Mntambo was born in 1982 in Swaziland, Southern Africa. She is a famous South African artist who is mostly known for her sculptures, videos, and photographs that focus on the human female body and identity by using natural, organic materials.
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Nandipha graduated with a master’s degree in Fine Art (with distinction) from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, in June 2007. She focuses on the human body and the organic nature of identity, using mainly natural materials and experimenting with sculptures, videos, and photography. One of her favorite materials is the skin of the cow, often also used as a covering for human bodies – boneless sculptures – and thus oscillating between evoking the garments that can be shod at will and the bodies that once contained living, breathing, masticating beings with four stomachs. Mntambo embraces this ambiguity and likes to play with the tension between the sightly and the unsightly by manipulating how her viewers negotiate the two aspects of the hide