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Kwa Mandlovu, Mapetla, Soweto

Jabulani Dhlamini
Kwa Mandlovu, Mapetla, Soweto, 2012
Pigment inks on fibre paper
Work: 84 x 56 cm

In uMama, Dhlamini pays tribute to mothers, and explores the particular challenges faced by women raising children on their own in South African townships. In intimate portraits of these single mothers and their homes, Dhlamini raises a range of questions about the roles women are expected to play, and how the act mothering is framed and perceived in contemporary South African society. And in portraits of young men raised by single mothers, the artist self-reflexively considers what it means to become a man in a house without a father.