ZoolooVindaloo
16 September to 28 September
 Peter Engblom
zooloovindaloo box

With a mixture of wonder and bemusement Mpunzi Shezi watched the white people build the very first square house ever seen in Zululand. Like all the others, he had wanted to go to see what happened inside this house. But, they were told that they had to dress up nicely. So Shezi and the rest of them took off their skins and put on white men's clothes to go inside this house.

Now, he went inside the building - which historians later determined to be a church - and he records in his diary that they told sub-standard stories about ancestors - pretty violent ancestors nailing people to crosses and all sorts of stuff.

But they used to pass a plate around at the end and collect money. And Shezi thought to himself, “If these people can come all this way and tell such shit stories and still get money, then surely I too can do that.” So Mpunzi Shezi took a giraffe leg bone and went to Japan to tell stories about the Zulu cattle industry and he also took a gargantuan pearl oyster and told them about the Zulu black pearl industry. And that is how he ended up in Japan, by default becoming one of the first Zulu missionaries. He took ubuntu to the Buddhists, brought Zen back to the Zulus, studied Tantric sex with the geishas and taught his dog to meditate so he didn't have to bother with the difficult subject himself.

After a year in Japan Mpunzi Shezi Travelled to India where he filmed the Coronation of King George the fifth. Later He werked in the Kitchen of the Masonic lodge in Bombay where his interest in Food was aroused. He then travelled to Goa, Cochin and Ponducherry to learn Portugese. Kosher and French methods of cooking. Mpunzi Shezi manufactured fireworks, mail rockets, built an early radio and even practised vibartional healing in  Ootacamund

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Peter is the Artist in Residence of the George Hotel in Eshowe, Zululand. Peter is a former yacht-broker, museum designer and professional snake catcher, who then studied photography at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt in Munich, before returning to Zululand. He designs lots of public museums, meaningful and otherwise. Has held a number of solo and group exhibitions. His work is represented in major, and minor collections everywhere. He describes his work as 'the Celestine Prophecy meets Mad Magazine’. The creative Director for Durban’s bid to win (which it did) the UIA 2014 Architectural congress. Peter uses traditional Japanese Kamisibai techniques to reveal the travels of Mr Mpunzi Shezi, the first Zulu missionary who went to Japan at the turn of the century and brought back Zen to the Zulus, and wrote the Zulu-Indian Cookbook called ZoolooVindaloo Peter is a descendant of the original Norwegian, Lapp missionaries who evangelised Zululand a century and a half ago. He speaks no Norwegian but English Zulu and German

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Handmade paper with collage, marbling, block printing, photography and mixed media so that all are totally unique and original,  73 by 58 cm unframed and fit into Ikea frames RIBBA frames in Europe.

 



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