Sanele Omari Jali was born 1984 Port Shepstone, KwaZulu Natal and graduated from the Univeristy of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus with a BA Fine Art Degree majoring in Fine Art and Art History in 2010. Sanele specialised in printmaking with a major interest in Lithography as a focus medium. Sanele has worked as a printmaker at the University of KwaZulu Natal Centre for Visual Arts, as well as at LL Editions as a Studio Printer 2014. Since 2015 he has worked as a freelance Master Printer at Prints On Paper, based at the Assemblage Studios in Ferreirasdorp Johannesburg.
This is a set of prints from the series One Dog Show. In this series I question what it means to be a contemporary black male artist in Johannesburg today. I am a printmaker working predominantly in silkscreen. For this series I chose to work with one image of a dog. Dogs are a protective species, loyal, territorial with a feeling of self-importance. They are powerful creatures in their own space. I want to be important in this space and time. Through this repetitive use of one image I wanted argue that it is time for the ‘other’ artist, who live in the shadows, to move beyond accepting the status quo. What makes an artist in or out is not a question of context; rather it’s about consistency and creativity. The unique approach, staying true to your style and standing up for yourself. One Dog Show is also about printmaking, its repetition process and going beyond one work into a much larger narrative.
I wanted it to make sense and I found myself dreaming about it over and over again and waking up I have to face it. Familiarity breeds acceptance. I knew once I’m familiar with it others will accept it and so accept me as an artist.