The Imara Collection – Mgwalana
These artworks form part of the Imara corporate collection and were commissioned by Imara Holdings Limited.
HOME – MGWALANA, EASTERN CAPE
In isiXhosa tradition, a young man’s transition from boyhood to manhood follows a time honoured rite of passage known as ‘uMkwetha’. A boy must cover his body in white paint to symbolise his purity as a boy, and spend time with fellow initiates in the bush with nothing but a blanket to prove that he is able to sustain himself as ‘a man’.
Thembile Sambu wears the ‘Imara blue’, a symbol of acknowledgement of support during his time as an Imara Lightwarrior. Teddy graduates as a photographer and enters the world, armed with the skills he has acquired under Athol Moult’s mentorship. The Imara Lightwarriors project has also reached maturity. The journey to Mgwalana Village is a fitting final journey to the village of Teddy’s birth where he left as a goat herder, and returns as a man to tell the Imara Lightwarriors story. The project vision is also delivered as we witness, firsthand, how changing one person’s life can change the lives of many.