Considering 'Happiness Ever After', how do artworks get into movies?

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Some of the work exhibited at Botho Project Space received a cameo in the film Happiness Ever After. SIVUYILE MATSILIZA/NETFLIX
Some of the work exhibited at Botho Project Space received a cameo in the film Happiness Ever After. SIVUYILE MATSILIZA/NETFLIX

Part gallery, part studio, Botho Project Space is a visual art home-base made for Black artists to develop, grow and thrive while working in the globally gatekept art scene. Situated in Johanneburg's CBD, the project space is a partnership between visual artist Nelson Makamo, DJ Black Coffee, and the founder of Maxhosa, Laduma Ngxolo. 

To establish its gallery function to the public, Botho opened its doors with a Makamo solo. Titled Botho, Motho, Batho, the exhibition offered its viewers into the 15 years that brought Makamo to his current height in art. 

Then in May 2021, a few months after the debut show’s conclusion, the space premiered its first group show, Ndo Ima Dzi. Featuring work by Lut Bahati Simoens, Frans Thoka, Imraan Christian, Katlego Tlabela, Lulama Wolf Mlambo, Zandile Tshabalala and Zwelethu Machepha, the show explored the balance between community and solitude when making art. 

After making it on to Instagram feeds, YouTube lifestyle vlogs and the visual art pages of local publications in the first half of the year, Ndo Ima Dzi’s immortality was cemented when some of the work from the exhibition received a cameo in the film Happiness Ever After. Directed by Thabang Moleya and starring Khanyi Mbau (Zaza), Renate Stuurman (Princess) and Nambitha Ben-Mazwi (Zim), this sequel to Happiness is a Four Letter Word follows three friends as they navigate love, loss, and success. 

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