Artist Celebrates Empowering African Women


Africa Live interviews contemporary African artist, Mbongeni Fakudze.

“I am inspired by the beauty of contemporary African women and the issues that surround them on a daily basis.” He acknowledges and celebrates the strength that women, and particularly his mother, have in his life – the importance that these women have in society.

Therefore the women are most often depicted wearing headwraps (scarves) which he says is a symbol of womanhood and power. He explores how society often values a contemporary Africa woman as a commodity. (For example, as money and power in the lobola system.)

Mbongeni Fakudze’s expressive strokes, scrapes and splashes break down the face but on standing back they come together as a solid form. The woman is solid and non-solid; there and not there; complete and incomplete. The contemporary African woman is many things and nothing.

At a time when violence against women is finally being recognized in South Africa (#enoughisenough and #aminext ) it is comforting to know Mbongeni Fakudze’s art is spreading the word world-wide.

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