…Kama’s new colour self-portrait, titled Ze (Xhosa for ‘nude’), comprises four separate panels and continues the artist’s investigations into imaging black masculinity. Specifically, Kama is interested in how aspects of sexuality and self-reflexivity are made manifest through representations of the physical body. Through these images Kama explores how all modes of subjectivity, including his own, carry within them aspects of the performative.
As with previous self-portraits, the artist works in a studio without any assistance, styling the shots himself and using a self-timer. The resultant images are fragmentary, and there is a sense of the photographic frame fighting to restrict the artist’s moving body. There is a subtle violence: bodies are cut off at the knees, arms and faces are sliced by the edges of the photograph – the seeming result of a struggle against containment of the subject position, the body….