Tonight with Lester Podcast

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Guest : Obakeng Molepe

Obakeng Molepe captures things you can’t see. The photographer’s technical skills are
masterful to no end. But when the artist listens to his inner voice, he goes beyond
aesthetics and exposes the crevices of his mind. He's struggled with depression for over
three years now,
In his series, Ferry, mental health is the main subject. “Depression is like any other
chronic illness,” Molepe says. To erase the prejudice against it, he’s bringing its
normality into focus.
The title of Molepe’s project alludes to the way his mind travels between worlds while
battling with mental health issues. “My art has become the way I speak out,” Molepe
says. But portraying these struggles isn’t easy. Through deep hues and distorted lines,
Molepe creates a range of minimal, intense images open to interpretation. “I rely
heavily on my instincts to guide the conversation I create,” he says. “I do not overthink
the process.”
Depression can be difficult to discuss, but Molepe is never one to shy from weighty
subjects.
Molepe also tackles topics like gender and religion, to challenge the status quo. Despite
his impressive portfolio – he’s been featured in Elle magazine and commissioned by
Adidas –Ferry is one of Molepe’s most profound projects to date. Mental health requires
accurate representation. With the creative approach of artists like Molepe, we can
broaden our understanding and ultimately, ensure healing.

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