Yaya Mavundla Celebrates 1st Exhibition ‘Black, Trans and Bold’ at Constitution Hill: “Our Voices Be Heard”

Yaya Mavundla Celebrates 1st Exhibition ‘Black, Trans and Bold’ at Constitution Hill: “Our Voices Be Heard”

  • Activist and artist Yaya Mavundla had her very first art exhibition show at Constitution Hill on 9 August
  • She was also in Luzern, Switzerland, at the Kunstmuseum Luzern, where her pictures were showcased at an exhibition
  • Yaya believes transgender women should also be celebrated on Women's Day instead of being overlooked

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Congratulations to Yaya Mvundla on her very first art exhibition.

Yaya Mavundla had her first art exhibition.
Activist Yaya Mavundla advocates for transgender women also to celebrate Women's Day. Image: @yayarsa
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Yaya Mavundla unveils her art pieces at the Constitution Hill

The activist and artist showcased her art pieces for her Black, Trans and Bold exhibition at the Constitutional Hill History Museum.

Yaya Mavundla said her solo debut show intends to break the societal stereotypes surrounding black transgender women living in South Africa.

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"This exhibition features my paintings where I confront my past and present traumas and the difficulties of being excluded and not being seen as a black transgender woman in South Africa.
"I am here to change the narrative to celebrate myself and my fellow black Transgender women to say yes, we are here, capable and deserving."

The exhibition was showcased on National Women’s Day, 9 August, and will run for Women's Month.

Yaya Mavundla sparks a much needed conversation on transgender women being excluded from Women's Day

Her beautiful and colourful pieces evoke a sense of resilience and spark a much-needed debate conversation on why society continues to shut transgender women out when celebrating a momentous occasion such as Women's Day.

"This is an invitation to a much needed conversation of how we as Black Transgender women are constantly excluded and not seen despite having proven ourselves and our excellence. The world preaches inclusion on a daily basis, but the real question is; who is really the the beneficiary of that initiative?

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"I will forever use my voice to make sure that trans voices are heard and also encourage Transgender women to choose themselves, see themselves and validate themselves even if no one is doing so."

Netizens celebrate Yaya's exhibition, applauds her for the outstanding work

@lindah_majola said:

"Congratulations Yaya. It gives me so much joy to witness you get up every day and consciously choose yourself. Thank you for living the life that you love."

@kutlwano_arthur said:

"Okay this major!!! Congratulations @yayarsa. You really are doing amazing."

@kea.nkashe said:

"This is so powerful I wish I could attend."

@mongezimotaung2 said:

"I believe this cause is an extension of centring the integral acknowledgement of trans-existence, voicing and existential acknowledgement. And I hope to attend and witness the exhibit. @yayarsa this is such an incredible milestone in paving a historical excellence for trans lives."

@paledisegapo said:

"Standing ovation for baby gal."

Yaya celebrates transwomen on her birthday by announcing her fashion line

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Queer Comfort, her collection, supports transgender women in South Africa.

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Jessica Gcaba (Entertainment editor) Jessica Gcaba is an Entertainment Editor for Briefly News (joined in 2023). She is a Journalism graduate from the Durban University Of Technology (2019). She has 4 years of experience as an Entertainment and Lifestyle Journalist at Africa New Media Group writing for ZAlebs website. She passed a set of trainings from Google News Initiative. To reach her, contact: jessica.gcaba@briefly.co.za

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