Interview: The Many Faces of Pabi Daniel

Sammi Gale, Plinth, April 13, 2022

"In the work of Pabi Daniel, there is style and there is style. Thick climbing holds of paint meet swathes of vibrant colour on runway-ready figures. ‘Clothing is key when it comes to representation’, Pabi says, ‘because it raises so many questions about our desire, how we see ourselves, and how we see ourselves in the eyes of others.’ ‘Protection’ (2022) sees a figure wrapped up in pink Puffa scaffolding; for the artist ‘clothes become the architectural forms that enhance the way people look at us, as well as the way we protect ourselves.’"