These young artists ‘wear the weight of their emotions’

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They are young, queer, bold and, of course, on Instagram. These are two South African artists we can’t get enough of.

Just before the national lockdown was announced in March, I saw a huge mural in Braamfontein, promoting South Africa’s Netflix original series Queen Sono. It’s by 23-year-old illustrator, graphic designer and tattoo artist Khanya Kemami, who is also known as WacomBoy.

It reminded me just how talented young people are. Kemami creates futurist depictions of local creatives, imagines queer utopias through powerful symbols of identity and contributes to global calls for liberation in his art.

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