Presented by Arts House
Curated as part of:
And she was wearing trousers: a call to our heroines
Thursday 30 June – Sunday 18 September, 2022
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Memeza presents the power of gesture and female strength, celebrating the legacies of Southern African Black women.
South African singer, songwriter and activist Brenda Fassie was sometimes known as “the Madonna of the Townships”, “the Queen of African Pop,” and “Ma Brr”.
Artist and educator Nonstikelelo Mutiti now presents Memeza, a stunning visual work inspired by Fassie’s song of the same name.
Images of Fassie’s hands are taken from album covers, posters, music video stills and press photographs, representing iconic gestures of the Black female icon: pointing, praying, punching the air, grasping, clapping and caressing these gestures evoke both Memeza’s lyrical passion and Fassie’s dedication to her people.
The work also features Mutiti’s own graphic typography, with elements built out of letterforms that can be tiled and interchained to produce characters, symbols and patterns with motifs of cornrows, hair braids or plaits.
This work is presented as part of And she was wearing trousers: a call to our heroines, curated by Roberta Joy Rich and Naomi Velaphi.
About the Artist
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Banner image credit: Detail of Memeza by Nontsikelelo Mutiti
Photography credit: Jody Haines