Homo Naledi was created in 2016 and exhibited on Pat Mautlao's solo show at the 2016 KKNK. A companion piece was bought by Oliewenhuis Art Museum.
"The title and work refers to the important finding of
oldest specimen of human existence in our region dating back +-2million years
back which has to be proven beyond any reasonable doubt.(Wikipedia)
What interested me was the acknowledgement of the existence
of people in our space then, and the findings make our land a more historically
interesting place. Taking the findings and using them as an artwork helps one
to focus on art and history as the two will remain inseparable in a long time.
It helps us to tie the present and the past, as
one looks at the work in context of history and the present". Pat Mautloa