We meet the unstoppable creative force behind the Botho Project Space exhibition called Ndoimadzi.

The effects of COVID have profoundly adjusted our lives but the silver lining may be the deep awakening in some resulting from the isolation and challenges. 

We take a trip up to Johannesburg to meet the curator of the artist-run visual arts space, Botho Project, which is hosting an exhibition called Ndoimadzi, meaning an unstoppable force. 

The exhibition speaks to how future generations have creatively adapted to keep moving forward and provides a perspective into the creative independence each artist found in this period; where they were able to go on a journey of self-introspection, harnessing the courageous act of owning creative brilliance. 

It includes a variety of different visual art forms from young artists that explore a range of themes.

Explore the human condition with visual artist Lulama “Wolf” Mlambo.
Visual artist and activist Imraan Christian shares paintings and photographs influenced by mysticism.
Congolese born, Belgium-based painter Bahati Simoens exhibits vibrant figurative paintings.
Multidisciplinary artist Katlego Tlabela showcases portraits of influencers that reflect current pop culture.

Visit the Ndoimadzi Exhibition is being held in Johannesburg at Botho Project Space until 26 June 2021. 


What does ‘living better’ mean to you?

“Owning your own journey while having the right people in your corner. Surrounding yourself with a loving community where everyone supports and uplifts one another. So I would say ‘through love’, towards others but yourself as well.”

What legacy would you like to leave behind?

“An abundance of joy. That I’ve lived a life that I’ve loved, while loving the life that I’ve lived.”

What 2 valuable lessons / pieces of advice would you like to share with South Africa?

“South Africa has taught me so much about myself, as a person and as an artist. So respectfully, I feel like I can’t add to whatever it is you’re doing already. If I need to say one thing, trust your dreams because anything is possible.”

Where do you go to escape and connect with yourself?

“Nature, but the ocean mostly, it calms me down. It’s this big blue mystery that makes me feel so small.”

Do you have an encouraging quote for us?

“Be kind, always.”

Are there any last thoughts you’d like to add?

“I’m thankful for the love and friendships South Africa has given me.”


What does ‘living better’ mean to you?

“To have more than what I had yesterday. More emotionally, more financially and more mentally. I usually paint what I want and go and get it.” 

What legacy would you like to leave behind?

“I just want my future kids to be set and know that my Mom’s last few decades were well spent.”

What advice would you like to share with South Africa?

“Just do what makes you happy. The resources lead to the output. A lack of resources creates a resilient character.”

Where do you go to escape and connect with yourself?

“I set up a rewards system for every 12th of the month in recognition of my birth date and I either book a trip, a spa date or buy new sneakers. Whatever it is, I gotta be alone.”