Artist Description

As a South African with a Malawian heritage, the term culture has always been a concept of interest to me. Constantly placing my heritage and my nationalism in conflict, the construct of culture has always been the foundation for my existential identity crisis. This work investigates the concept of culture, and acknowledges that it is socially constructed, and therefore can be deconstructed. It attempts to create a conversation that centres around the intersectionality of contemporary digital culture and culture in theory. It does this by looking at social movements and trending threads as systems that present themselves as culture. Specifically the #BlackGirlMagic movement; it draws vaguely from aspects of various African cultures and creates a homogenous experience of the black womxn. Whilst the movement is necessary and important, the critique here is that it is inaccessible to those who fall outside the digital space and inaccurate for those that do. Whilst the work takes on a contemporary perspective, it also looks at the colonial construction of African cultures and its people. It acknowledges the concepts of African-ness and Blackness as being complex, furthermore that the concept of the Black womxn is even more so.

Black Girl Magic

Digital Drawing by Larissa Mwanyama
Materials used
archival print on paper, unframed
Size
W:60cm x 84 cm x D:01cm (paper size unframed)
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  • Artist Description
    • Artist Description

      As a South African with a Malawian heritage, the term culture has always been a concept of interest to me. Constantly placing my heritage and my nationalism in conflict, the construct of culture has always been the foundation for my existential identity crisis. This work investigates the concept of culture, and acknowledges that it is socially constructed, and therefore can be deconstructed. It attempts to create a conversation that centres around the intersectionality of contemporary digital culture and culture in theory. It does this by looking at social movements and trending threads as systems that present themselves as culture. Specifically the #BlackGirlMagic movement; it draws vaguely from aspects of various African cultures and creates a homogenous experience of the black womxn. Whilst the movement is necessary and important, the critique here is that it is inaccessible to those who fall outside the digital space and inaccurate for those that do. Whilst the work takes on a contemporary perspective, it also looks at the colonial construction of African cultures and its people. It acknowledges the concepts of African-ness and Blackness as being complex, furthermore that the concept of the Black womxn is even more so.

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