26 | Visual artist, photographer & stylist | Mthatha

Theme: 16 Days, 16 Voices 

Yonela Makoba, also known as Tangerine Water, is a Cape Town-based conceptual artist born and raised in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. Her work is largely inspired by reimagination, healing and living beyond lived experiences. Yonela, 26, has released several photo series - exhibiting in Cape Town since 2018 in solo and group expositions. Her collaboration in a photo and sculpture series titled ‘Flowers of the revolution’ now hang on the walls University of Cape Town’s Bremner Building, where in 2015 many black students, including Yonela, occupied and organised under the banner of #Rhodesmustfall, called for the dismantling of the colonial legacy at the university and country at large. In February of this year, Yonela opened the doors of her first solo exhibition, Kwantlandlolo, which was presented by Orms in collaboration with Anelisa Mangcu as the conclusion of the three month Orms Circle Residency program. 

Yonela Makobo is the fourth of sixteen emerging young artists we are profiling this month. In keeping with the essence of the 100 Beautiful things initiative and honouring South Africa’s youth, we are devoting the next 16 days to 16 beautiful things created by 16 young creatives who will share their stories.

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