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3 Visual Recollections

 3 Visual Recollections

3 Visual Artworks we saw and fell in love with what they narrate

Almost every part of history tells us that the stories of who we are have always been passed down to us orally. The past tells us that this was done through folklore, proverbs, songs and the recital of our clan names as if all our ancestors had were voices and no hands. Our ancestors also used their hands to narrate the stories of who we are. The zig-zags braided onto our scalps, the handprints on the walls of their homes and the clay on rocks that depict the daily life of people we descend from are visual recollections of where our grandmothers and fathers’ feet rested. Since we come from them, we also use our hands to complete the tale. We have collected 3 visual recollections from the chapter that South African visual artists are in the process of completing.


first recipient of sketchbook tales. we’ll say these were the women that invented the Afro Comb. & name them after Assata’s daughters.

This visual narration by Makaziwe Radebe (@makaziwe.r) is about a personal item and symbol of Black Power that creates, maintains and decorates our hair.


Charcoal and a set of gold earrings

This story of our hair and the resources that our land gifted us is told by the hands of Buqaqawuli Thamani Nobakada (@nda.lo).


A Ke na nntwa, Ke hloka phomolo

Lulama Wolf’s (@lulamawolf) artwork is a tale of how we feel and what need right now.

All 3 artworks are narratives of where we come from, where we are going and where we are. What is the story that they are narrating to you?

Tshedza Mashamba