Mixed Media Illustrations
By Alizwa Mnyatheli
This is a series illustrating the masculinist structuring of urban space, surfacing the feminine scaffolding that often goes unrecognized. ‘03:00 am’ comes from the #SandtonShutdown protest which took place two weeks ago. 03:00 am is a golden hour in urban space which signifies the ‘other mother’, mothers working at other people’s homes, mothers working on plantations contributing to our food supply on the other side of the highway. In this series, I capture the woman for the divine ‘unseen’ spirit that is needed in ways that we don’t give credit for. I think it is also important for the girl-child to consider her agency and might in an otherwise misogynistic culture where masculinity is the domineering energy and given more value.