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The RICH MNISI furniture debut, consisting of a chaise and a stool, follows our latest fashion collection – titled Nwa-Mulamula, after Rich’s late great-grand mother. The pieces stand as a physical representation of Nwa-Mulamulaas the ever-present guardian, whose teachings live on through storytelling generation after generation.
“For me, the chaise, which takes the shape of Nwa-Mulamula’s (The Guardian) body in the form of a Navy leather couch, presents her presence and long-lasting teachings, and the stool, in the shape of an eye with gold puddles, represents hertears, which were never in vain. Without her pain and her experiences I wouldn’t exist. I couldn’t be the person I am today,” explains Mnisi.
These specially commissioned pieces form part of a group show of multidisciplinary artists, all in celebration of Southern Guild’s decade-long journey of pioneering collectible design in South Africa, and include ceramic artists Zizipho Poswa and Madoda Fani, sculptors Daniella Mooney and Stanislaw Trzebinski, and newcomers such as 3D illustrator Ferdi B. Dick.
“You’ve never seen anything like these pieces before,” says Julian McGowan, co-founder of The Guild Group, “the whole concept was to encourage the designers to work outside their comfort zone, providing mentorship and guidance along the way. They’re accomplished designers already – so we wanted them to think differently about themselves and their work.”
We’re proud to announce that we are part of a group show titled ‘Communion’ where we launch ‘Nwa-Mulamula – Alkebulan, mother of humankind’
The fertile soil of unfettered expression that nourishes our work, takes form yet again through the preservation of her-story and inspired by my late great-grandmother, Nwa-Mulamula. From the journey of unearthing a time capsule of her story, reimagining her as a guiding light during ceremonial rites of passage and to the visceral dreams of connection in Milorho. She revisits.
Alkebulan is a symbol of returning myself to the ancestral ground she rests on. The personification that is the continent of my birth and the home of humanity. A place that celebrates the spirit of her children. Her roots are the source of life. Mothers remain the umbilical cord that grounds a family in gathering. Mother Africa, the world rests at your feet. “Communion brings into dialogue intensely personal work by six artists. Working in different disciplines, each artist uses their creative process to wrestle with, sanctify or release the ties that bind. The shared site of the gallery becomes a place for communion between the artist and their subject on the one hand, and among the group of artists together, on the other.” – Southern Guild