African culture as living art

A celebration of the Xhosa culture and heritage was part of the Anything But Painting exhibition held by the East London Fine Art Society (ELFAS) at the Ann Bryant Gallery recently.

Inspired by her late great grandmother’s grind stones for grinding maize, Lerato Mfazwe’s a live installation at the exhibition, titled Ukungqusha, about grinding maize on stones, was inspired by her late great-grandmother.

“The stones belong to my late great- grandmother, who used to use them for grinding maize to prepare food for the family.

“The act was also to honour my African heritage, my roots, as well as to celebrate my culture,” Mfazwe said.

The installation also aimed to showcase how differently a traditional, young Xhosa girl is raised compared to a boy, she said.

Mfazwe also reminded her audience how the old ways of planting and sowing had little negative effect on the environment.

“The traditional ways of growing and processing food has a positive impact on the environment.

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