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Kutala Chopeto performing Crocodile Lover at the Goodman Gallery. (Photo: Supplied)
Kutala Chopeto performing Crocodile Lover at the Goodman Gallery. (Photo: Supplied)

Storytelling is at the heart of what Gauteng-based artists Teresa Kutala Firmino and Helena Uambembe do. From their performances to their paintings and prints, this narrative practice threads through their work as the collective Kutala Chopeto, and also through their own distinct practices. As Uambembe explains, they "want to tell African narratives from an African perspective as honestly as possible."

Both up-and-coming artists have exhibited around South Africa and have been recognised for their unique voices – Uambembe with the David Koloane Award in 2019 and Kutala Firmino with a sell-out solo at the 2020 edition of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair. The stories they tell are primarily of their shared history as young women raised in Pomfret (although they only met in 2016).

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