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Paying Homage to the Matriarchy      

In the eyes of South African artist, Nokukhanya Charity Vilakazi, art is another form of storytelling. In her family, the people who wove the stories and passed them along to successive generations were the matriarchs, and she uses her art to celebrate them and give them a new voice. The Durban-born artist, who lives in Johannesburg, is one of 40 young talents making up the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives Class of 2022. She grew up with art, from watching her father taking photographs or being in front of the camera and writing scripts, to watching her siblings creating clothes and deejaying. Being exposed to these influences made her want to try every medium and continue with those that helped her to express herself in the best way possible.