Monna O Montsho (2018)

Monna O Montsho is a Setswana phrase that literally translates to 'black man' however, it is also the name of a wooden sculpture that my grandmother used when I was a mischievous child to frighten and stop me from breaking her fine china and tea sets. Although I was telling a personal story, I tried to explore the interconnectivity between cultures through a playful take on constructed photography. The words 'mischievous' and 'childhood' are very much interlinked across different cultures, races, locations, and eras. However, black parents are often portrayed as being violent and brutal to their children to discipline them and I am hoping to subvert this notion by showing that black parents are also capable of employing alternative and creative parenting methods.

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