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Nic Manshon

Hi, I’m Nic Manshon. Creativity, for me, started back when I was drawing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and entering Mother’s Day competitions for KTV. I always loved art as a kid and did it as a subject throughout my schooling career.  If I were to be totally honest, I never saw a career in creativity in high school, even though art was my highest marked subject.  Hence, I went to study personal training straight after high school and thereafter worked for Virgin Active for a while. Soon enough I realized that it wasn’t for me. Nonetheless, I believe nothing is lost with learning. After having these feelings to change my career, I started exploring creativity again. That was a good choice! The journey started out at CPUT, studying industrial design and serving at a local church, heading up the media department. After that, I got a scholarship for digital filmmaking at SAE. I never received a scholarship before so I was super stoked to do the course, not rea

Shenaz Mahomed

“Muslims are invasive”, “Boom”, “Kaboom”, “Stand 15 metres away”, “The Quran and Jihad”, “Halaal Certified”... These are just some of the titles of my artworks and a look into the thoughts that constantly occupy my headspace.

My name is Shenaz Mahomed and I am a Visual Artist and Curator based in Pretoria.

And if that is not enough torture for myself, I am also currently pursuing my MA in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria. I work predominantly in the medium of hand-papercut, inspired by exploring and redefining traditional ideas of Islamic Art.

I was once explaining what I do, to someone that I met at an art exhibition, and mentioned to her that I feel like I live on a different planet that consists of just me, my art, and everything concerned with it. She told me that it’s absolutely okay because these are my “selfish years” - the only time in my life that it will be all about me. Before the family, the kids and the responsibilities that will take up primary focus.

I don’t know if that’s the best perspective but I went with it anyway (some real ‘adulting’ right there). So at this point in my life, I plan to take full advantage of my “selfish years” in trying my best to visually communicate meaningful ideas, to disrupt, to comfort and everything in between.

And now for a mandatory quote:

"Art will play a tremendous part in the future in either picking up the pieces of the great destruction that could happen, or we will help to stop that destruction.” - Richard Bell

I hope you follow my journey.

Instagram: @shenaz_21

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