LAYZIEHOUND COKA, SOUTH AFRICA
Laziehound Coka’s art suggests that the new divide emerging in South Africa is not that of race as much as it is of class. Within this context, many questions must be answered by the country’s young and emerging generations. How will they respond to this failure from their elders? What path will they choose through the chaos? Layziehound’s own form appears often in the work, suggesting just how deeply young people are bound into this complicated social dynamic – whether they like it or not.
The art makes strong use of lyricism and a poetic sensibility in its titles. This lyricism evokes the ancient African oral tradition as well as the prominent role spoken word plays in 21st century South African urban culture, the context within which Layziehound has always lived and worked. The titles add thematic texture to the art, while again emphasising the growing divide between the country’s supposed leadership and its fast growing and intellectually pioneering youth generation.