What comes first is: Transformation
My work embodies the ideas of transformation from scarring to a continuous healing affair. The 25 participants exposed themselves to vulnerable emotions as we told our stories to a room full of strangers and implanted our fingerprints on this art work. Our stories unified us, making us a community. From wounds and scars. I’ve made myself a diamond.
My name is Siyabonga Mtshali, a conceptual designer-artist hailing from Kwa-Zulu Natal. I founded and am director of Siyababa Atelier, a conceptual brand that pioneers in a new African avant-garde by marrying the two ideas of art and fashion, drawing direct inspiration from black queer narratives.