To commemorate Women's Month in South Africa, Award winning Transgender Activist and Reality Star Yaya Mavundla has curated an exhibition to celebrate & validate black Transgender Women during women’s month.
The exhibition’s objective is to create a conversation of inclusivity by showcasing different layers of women through a conversation of gender politics and identity, redefining being a woman, and validate transgender women as women in a form of art, on their own terms and voice.
Layers of a Black Transgender Woman exhibition features black transgender women who are in the media and in the forefront of transgender visibility in South Africa. The three women are “The Way Ngingakhona” Reality Star Tholang Motshumi, Miss South Africa top 30 finalist Lehlogonolo Machaba and “Becoming” Reality TV Star Yaya Mavundla. The exhibition’s opening at Constitution Hill's Women's Jail will set a very strong message and statement around gender politics and issues that speak to women.
Mavundla has collaborated with South African photographer Terra Dick, who captured the three women on their own terms and Nigerian illustrator Chukwudi Udoye came on board and illustrated the images for this ground-breaking exhibition. The overall exhibition is suggested to have 14 images with 2 group images and 12 individual images, the original images by Terra Dick will be exhibited alongside the illustrated versions by Chukwudi Udeye.
The exhibition will run for a month (14 August 2021-14 September 2021) at the historical Constitution Hill’s Woman’s Jail and will be open to the public and engage in insightful conversations by black Transgender women from all walks of life to enrich the diversity of black women, celebrating their differences as women and share their personal stories and journeys.
The outcomes of Layers of a Black Transgender Woman will include sensitization of the media, government departments such as police, health, home affairs and education where black Transgender women face challenges the most, more inform communities about the struggles of Black Transgender women, pronouns, importance of inclusivity and understanding gender identity and politics. This will happen through dialogues that will happen weekly, and the exhibition’s objectives is to engage in different topics where all the above-mentioned departments will be invited to attend.
Yaya Mavundla is an Award-winning Transgender activist, a recipient of The Feather Awards, Reality Star on an M-Net original Reality Show Becoming which premiered on 1Magic & Mzansi Magic and currently streaming on Showmax.
She is a publicist by profession and has worked with award winning designers such as Quiteria & George, award winning media personality Lerato Kganyago, world renowned photographer/visual activist Prof. Sir. Zanele Muholi and Vodacom RED to name a few.
She is a board member at Wits RHI and the first Transgender Woman in Africa to wear The Amsterdam Rainbow Dress photographed at Constitution Hill and the artworks are currently on display at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
In June 2021, Yaya graced two Magazine covers, Tagged and OUT AFRICA Magazine, which OUT AFRICA Magazine named her The Future of Television and New Generation Icon.
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