The Black Female Return

Black In Space. Mathenjwa, SS. Unit 18. 2020.

Siwelile Mathenjwa

M1

Supervisors:

Sarah De Villiers, Dr. Huda Tayob,

Naadira Patel, Adam Osman

Unit:

18 - Hyperreal Prototypes

Portfolio:

My work narrates the struggle of black female existence, finds ways to insert and make visible the black woman in space both in a South African and Egyptian Context.

This body of work serves as a manifesto, a political stance to black female bodies and how they experience space .This I achieve through a series of wearable prototypes that seek to retell the experience of black women in the city ,also incorporating performance art as a protest tool. I am creating an architecture of protest through wearable devices that seek to create visibility to the black woman that' s been blotted out of the city's spatial narrative. My medium being costume design and performance to disrupt masculine architectures and spark a conversation as to how to weave the black woman in this already dominant and patriarchal landscape.

Research Question:

How can the black female using certain pieces of clothing or adornment speak to dismantling?

patriarchal and masculine architectures. I am trying to re-introduce the black female body through acts of veiling, unveiling and adornment.

I am trying to create a lexicon through performing as a black woman to disrupt and protest masculine architectures in the city.

Email:

Black In Space. Mathenjwa, SS. Unit 18. 2020.

The Nubian Return, The Black Female Return performance. Mathenjwa,SS. Unit 18. 2020.

 
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