Ancestors and strong women steer Helen Sebidi’s art

Mail & Guardian | Kwanele Sosibo:

“Culturally, when you would be given a name, you’d be given the name of a hardworking person in the hopes that you would contribute to the society as they did, or even surpass them,” says fine artist Mmakgabo Mmapula Helen Sebidi. Although Sebidi did not inherit her maternal grandmother’s names, Mmakgabo, which means “keeper of the flame”, alludes to her progenitor’s passion for vocational labour… Read more

Image: Helen Sebidi’s work is perhaps less nostalgic and has more to do with an imagined future where lives can be configured anew