These work is inspired by African womanist who fought and withstand or destabilize patriarchal control, manipulation, exclusion and the oppression of woman ,womanist who fought against stereotypes that manifest in gender and power relations.
Just to highlight the work done by the women in Umoja village in Samburu .They found their voices and stood up for themselves at time when women have controlled societal views of what is expected of them.I found comfort in their story because growing up I was told that I can be whatever I want to be ,I had that privilege and it’s because of the family I come from. My grandmothers believed in enforcing values that we as young girls are worth everything as the boys and they made sure to tell us tales that had a women protagonist they would tell us tales, which were handed down by word of mouth through generations and are an essential part of keeping up tradition. These tales both educated and entertained us. It was or is the backbone of keeping us united and having a sense of belonging within the realms of our ancestors.
The tale of “Sikhamba-nyenyanga”
(The girl who defeated the drought)
More frequently women are seen as submissive and subservient and relegated to supporting the parody as the foreboding and evil watch archetype. The narratives often contradict, challenge or satirize androcentric authority both overly and covertly.My work is highlighting African womanist in folktales that illustrate the liberated and disruptive potential of the female power, resilience, wisdom and agency. The extraordinary female characters that populate these stories reinforce feminine power and compellingly appropriate respect justice and equality by turning masculine binaries on their head. Drawing on the resources of chronicles, it illustrates how these narrative frames authenticate female agency and are restored and empowering to the African woman’s psyche, and it also tells the wisdom of folklore, myth, fantasy, and social history, can instigate social change and egalitarian relations whilst celebrating the women of Africa as key protagonists, profound in their power as in their humanity.
This work forms a big part from a film concept I’m working on
My name is Charity Vilakazi.
I tell stories through photography, Painting and Video art. I live in Johannesburg but I call Durban home.
I get my overly imaginative views from my father and my grandmother. Growing up being the last-born girl I sent my days annoying my grandmother and pestering her with questions and I was never satisfied I always wanted to do more. My grandmother always asked me what I dreamt about and that I should write down every dream and nightmare I had on the night. That is why I created from “my soul to eye” world. My every own world creative space where I do all my brainstorming.
I used to go to work with my father when they were shooting ads or shows and I loved every moment of, and I would be lucky enough that they would ask me to be part of what they were doing and my shyness would go away because I felt like I’m in a dreamland. My father is the one who introduce me to the film and photography world. He is the one who showed me all the ropes of having your work seen. So he saw how much I enjoyed being behind the camera so to show how much he loved me he registered me in a photography school in Newtown, Johannesburg.
I studied and fell more in love with photography at the Market Photo Workshop, but I never felt enough with just photography so I started learning how to paint and find confidence in creating my video art.
I have since been part of few group exhibitions like (in)sight an all women show at through the lens collective and Joburg fringe. And I have the pleasure of being part of the between 10 and 5 A3E program.
Where I had my first experience of what an exhibition is. When some of my work got chosen to showcase in a student exhibition.
The Art that I create is very much representing different parts of abstraction, mythology, African folklore, curiosity , self-analysis and spirituality but also cinematically inspired. I love what I do and it gives me everlasting possibilities.