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Meet The Local Collectives Promoting Sisterhood

Our February 2018 issue focuses on Sisterhood and the many women who use their work to support and uplift other women.  This month, we introduce you to just some of these amazing individuals, after all, the future is female, right?


Chulekazi Makapela and Aletta Francina, founders of Curio

Curio is a lm production house co-founded by writer and director Chulekazi Makapela and photographer Aletta Francina who produce artistic bodies of work from a socially conscious and diverse perspective.

We love working with womxn of all colour. They will always be the protagonists of our short films and candids. We feel that actively making womxn of colour the prime subjects of the products we shoot is a small, but effective way of telling our identified target audience and viewers that inclusivity is no longer just a coffee table conversation, but is the inevitable future of lm and fine art.

Sisterhood to us is helping each other grow, whether it’s on set or in our own personal lives as friends. Even though we are filmmakers by profession, there are certain strengths and weaknesses that we both have in certain areas where we both play a role in helping one another overcome an obstacle, and it is so wonderful to have a colleague who feels like a close family member.

We are united in our similarities and even more so in

our differences.

Other sisters we admire include visual artist, Lorna Simpson, who is a huge in influence on our work. Her photo subjects usually comprise womxn of colour represented in a monumental way. Senga Nengudi and Amy Sall are also signifcant influences in the performance and written aspects of our work in the pre-production phase. Their artistic knowledge and attention to detail are inspiring.

Work produced by Curio

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Blackboard Africa

Amonge Sinxoto, Zingisa Socikwa and Linda Dlamini of Blackboard Africa

Amonge Sinxoto, Zingisa Socikwa and Linda Dlamini are part of the Johannesburg-based Blackboard Africa. After seeing a gap in the market, they started the platform for young, African and like-minded people to come together to have unapologetic conversations where they can grow and inspire each other.

Blackboard Africa’s work is steeped in sisterhood by recognising the importance of spaces where women can come together to support each other in safe and comforting ways. For an organisation that has only been around for a year and a half, the three have continued to epitomise leadership.

Women leaders have for such a long time been in the background. Social media is just one of the ways in which we are able to push ourselves to the fore and take control. Whether in the townships or suburbs, we are definitely starting something,

The name, Blackboard Africa, is a metaphor for the African child – dark, hard and resilience.

Blackboard Africa - #bigsisterxlilsister #blackboardxbloom event. Image by Size Mbiza

Follow Blackboard Africa on Instagram.


To read more of our interviews, go get your copy of the February issue, on-shelf now.

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