Learning to Fly Again
Lee Ping Zing
I invented my alter ego Joyce Ntobe in response to political correctness where artists are chosen on their skin colour in an attempt to rewrite our sad history. I regard this as racist and hence Joyce Ntobe. In 1992 I submitted a series of three linocuts to the Triennale, a prestigious South African competition, under the name Joyce Ntobe. Joyce's works were promptly bought by the National Gallery, causing a heated controversy about the inverted racism of art world institutions when I - whose own works were rejected by the gallery - revealed that he was the artist and that Joyce was his 'black woman alter ego'.
In 1992 Beezy held "group exhibitions" by himself and Joyce at the Market Galleries in Johannesburg and the South African Association of Arts, Cape Town. Joyce exhibited linocuts and sculptures. At another "group show" by Beezy and Joyce in 1995 at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, Joyce exhibited figures sculpted in clear resin and filled with objects including sweets, beads, lipstick and Vaseline.
Joyce's latest incarnation is in a collaborative project comprising photographs and video with Zwelethu Mthethwa and Brian Eno.