The artwork series  “Sethemba: Man of Tomorrow” , by   Cary Michael   was inspired by the fictional superhero characters "Luke Cage", "Black Lightening" and "Black Panther". The series aims to address the numerous social issues our nation is facing today in an exploratory, honest, yet culturally engaging manner. Showcased in a series of mixed media, sequential-styled works of art, each masterpiece features the fictional superhero that  Cary Michael  created named  “Sethemba”  (Zulu word meaning “hope”) as a swallowtail butterfly who has been summoned to resolve various prominent issues of today such as social injustice, domestic violence, depression, acceptance and anxiety. From  Sethemba ’s inception to his evolution, this exhibition provocatively documents his maturation into an all-powerful “superhuman”, bearing extraordinary attributes such as regeneration, duplication and augmentation (as demonstrated in select works of art below). As this is an ongoing series, it is my "hope" that viewers of these works can depict  Sethemba  as a role model figure and acquire a sense of joy and healing in the belief that our nation will soon be relieved from the recurring societal issues we continue to endure.

The artwork series “Sethemba: Man of Tomorrow”, by Cary Michael was inspired by the fictional superhero characters "Luke Cage", "Black Lightening" and "Black Panther". The series aims to address the numerous social issues our nation is facing today in an exploratory, honest, yet culturally engaging manner. Showcased in a series of mixed media, sequential-styled works of art, each masterpiece features the fictional superhero that Cary Michael created named “Sethemba” (Zulu word meaning “hope”) as a swallowtail butterfly who has been summoned to resolve various prominent issues of today such as social injustice, domestic violence, depression, acceptance and anxiety. From Sethemba’s inception to his evolution, this exhibition provocatively documents his maturation into an all-powerful “superhuman”, bearing extraordinary attributes such as regeneration, duplication and augmentation (as demonstrated in select works of art below). As this is an ongoing series, it is my "hope" that viewers of these works can depict Sethemba as a role model figure and acquire a sense of joy and healing in the belief that our nation will soon be relieved from the recurring societal issues we continue to endure.

 
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A promo video of the SETHEMBA: Man of Tomorrow visual arts showcase, held on March 10, 2018.

 

Photos from the SETHEMBA: Man of Tomorrow visual arts showcase, held on March 10, 2018.

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The SETHEMBA: Man of Tomorrow Artwork Collection

 

Shop the SETHEMBA: Man of Tomorrow collection here.