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After shunning the Zionist Christian Church that she grew up in, artist Manyaku Mashilo is returning to spiritual practices rooted in blackness. (Robbie Schneider/ Media 24/ Gallo)
After shunning the Zionist Christian Church that she grew up in, artist Manyaku Mashilo is returning to spiritual practices rooted in blackness. (Robbie Schneider/ Media 24/ Gallo)

“The world doesn't know who we are, rona as black people. I know this because I’m still getting to know us,” laughs Manyaku Mashilo, a self-taught mixed-media artist based in Cape Town.

Mashilo's work speaks to her pilgrimage away from Western religion toward a spirituality governed by blackness. 

The disconnect from African means of fellowship began while growing up. Although her parents belongs to the denomination, she was reluctant because people outside the Zionist Christian Church would diminish the congregants practices to “boloyi” because it didn’t match the “white as snowness” of Western faiths.

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