Nompumelelo Ngoma is a treasure to our city. Having produced works that have been displayed across the city, and won the highly esteemed Cassirer Welz award for her latest work, “Thula Mfazi”. We got to ask her a few questions about her and found out more about her as a person.
Tell us the background behind “Thula Mfazi”
The phrase THULA MFAZI! can be loosely translated as ‘shut up woman’ and it also means to take off the heavy load. I use the blanket as a symbol of respect, subservience and strength used by women within the traditional culture. I came across the phrase THULA MFAZI! as a sticker on a taxi cab which I found very offensive but then I dug deeper into the double meaning of the wordthula, and found a way of responding to this rather misogynistic, commanding phrase….Click to continue reading
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