Thabo Pitso was born in 1982 in the small township of Itsoseng near Lichtenburg, North West Province, South Africa. He discovered his love of art from an early age. In 2007, he decided to study Fine Art at the Tshwane University of Technology, where he obtained his B-Tech in 2010. Pitso’s work is very personal, abstract, and is mostly about social conditions in everyday life. Through metaphors, he tries to de-construct the social and personal meaning of objects. Pitso also explores the role of different forms of propaganda in society - how social conditioning affects the way we are living. This he does by juxtaposing images and objects that have functional and dysfunctional relations to each other. His minimalist approach to art is neither about nationality, cultural- or social group, but about individuality. Thabo Pitos lives and works in Pretoria.

 

‘All works created seek to offer an insight into humans and their relationships with mass produced objects..I’m inviting viewera to actively engage with the works and share their own experiences and interactions with objects....The blankets provide a “warmth” that consumers dress themselves with.. The blankets and the found objects comment on our social conditions and cultural brainwashing ....the objects merely become a sign status.’

 

LESSONS FROM WASTE

One of the differences between humans and animals lies in the way that humans deal with waste. Our waste - the trash that we discard seems to be an equaliser. Once banished to rubbish dumps, the provenance of the waste is no longer significant. There are several valid arguments about some people wasting more than others; clichés such as “one man’s waste is another’s bread” abound. But a far worthier pursuit is how some people make better use of waste than others. A young artist from Mabopane, with no means other than a keen eye and mind, walked the streets of Johannesburg collecting scrap... An undeniably sad truth is that many South Africans often feel as if their own lives have become waste material. Too much struggle, too little hope, too little faith - and we have lost the anticipation that some Grand Scheme or Miracle Cure would rescue us from our state of despair. Even the “provenance of the waste” that we have become is no longer significant. Where to place the blame or point the finger is too varied - and helps little to alleviate our sad misfortune. ...The artist, Thabo Pitso, collects scrap to make artwork. The work is then installed in the Museum of African Design in Johannesburg. “Cash for Scrap” or “Scrap for Cash” may have become his motto. It is time that we take inspiration from the words ‘repurpose’ and ‘given new value’. Do we value what young artists do? Or do we care while we are strapped in our own dump? “Trash can”. Can is a verb too. We can take inspiration from the young artist and turn desperate situations into artworks. Anywhere - even if we create our own museum. Carla Crafford