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Black Female Spatial Return

Siwelile Mathenjwa






My work narrates the struggle of black female existence, finds ways to insert and make visible the black woman in space both in a South African and Egyptian Context.

I am creating an architecture of protest through wearable devices that seek to create visibility to the black woman that' s been blotted out of the city's spatial narrative. My medium being costume design and performance to disrupt masculine architectures and spark a conversation as to how to weave the black woman in this already dominant and patriarchal landscape.


Research Question:

How can the black female using certain pieces of clothing or adornment speak to dismantling?

patriarchal and masculine architectures. I am trying to re-introduce the black female body through acts of veiling, unveiling and adornment.

I am trying to create a lexicon through performing as a black woman to disrupt and protest masculine architectures in the city.


Tahrir Square, Cairo


Black Woman, Uncormfortabilty, Wearable Architecture, Gendered, Device, Insertion, Visibility, Erasure, Temporary, Nubian

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