SABO Art participated in the 2020 edition of FNB Art Joburg with ‘Leave Your Shoes At The Door (Bvisa Bhutsu Dzako)’, a solo exhibition of works by Gabriel Choto (b. 1995, Harare, Zimbabwe; lives and works in London, UK).
The exhibition title, Leave Your Shoes At The Door, drew inspiration from Choto’s mother, who would always say “bvisa bhutsu dzako”, a Shona phrase that loosely translates to “leave your shoes at the door.” The artist’s work focuses on creating a safe space by depicting black bodies apolitically. The ritual of removing one’s shoes symbolizes the shedding of the harshness of society’s gaze and the double consciousness experienced by black people existing in predominantly white spaces and entering the inner sanctum of the home.
In Leave Your Shoes At The Door, Choto invited the audience into an augmented reality (A/R) reconstruction of his home, escorting us through a series of sensitive and intimate familial portraits adorning the walls. Comprising of affectionate scenes and quiet moments of contemplation, Choto's works depict life at its simplest and most intimate.