Peter Mammes

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2019, paintbrush and ink on drafting film
23.5 x 23.5cm

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[tab:biography] PETER MAMMES
Peter was born in 1986 in Krugersdorp, South Africa, and currently resides in London. He has worked on drawings and artwork from a very young age. For the most part an autodidact, his training has also included an apprenticeship in a puppet theatre and with a set designer working on theatre productions. Peter is a fourth-generation South African of Dutch descent, who grew up as part of an isolated, Afrikaans-speaking community during the collapse of the apartheid regime and the transition to a democratic, multi-cultural government. As a child experiencing the regime change, he observed the rapid transformation of the country’s collective social and economic norms and the conflicted and often clumsy responses to those changes.
His observation of the amorphous historical narratives told by the successive governments ruling South Africa has been a major factor in his development as an artist. He uses his artwork to pose questions about the construction of the narratives of power and authority, the intersection of individual and national identity and the suppression and celebration of the ugly and unacceptable.
Peter has sought out what it means to be African while travelling from Cape Town to Cairo on public transport. He has also lived and worked in Moscow, Russia and Varanasi, India, and there is a strong Russian and Indian influence in his artwork. Peter mainly works making drawings, but has recently started creating sculptural artworks.