Form, flow and movement: Rich Mnisi studies the snake in Nyoka

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A designer, Mnisi’s practice manifests itself in fashion, film and furniture. (Supplied)
A designer, Mnisi’s practice manifests itself in fashion, film and furniture. (Supplied)

"My mother dreamt of a snake on her back. When she turned to look at it, she saw an intense green creature, frightening and fluid, dangerous and beautiful. My journey started here and led me to Congo's Bushongo mythology and its creator, Bumba: the god of vomit. He vomited up the sun, Earth, moon and stars, and then the rest of the natural world from that acidic pain and discomfort. Unlike most of our world's origin stories, this one proposes that the beauty and life of our world could be purged instead of birthed."

In the last month you launched your collection Mafamba Yexe and you made your solo exhibition debut with Nyoka at Southern Guild. In a lament about the exhibition Nyoka you said, "This started with a nightmare. My mother dreamt of a snake on her back. When she turned to look at it, she saw an intense green creature, frightening and fluid, dangerous and beautiful." In response, Nyoka presents audiences with a beauty that comes from darkness. Why the decision to spotlight the virtue in darkness?

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