A page dedicated to Thami's artwork, based on my findings in the IISH archives, het Zuid Afrikahuis library & late night online searches!
culture and resistance symposium and festival
Thami designed the poster which was widely displayed throughout the event in Gaborone, Botswana, July 1982.
the night keeps winking
Poetry by Mongane Serote, graphics by Thami Mnyele
First published by the Medu Art Ensemble in Gaborone, Botswana, 1982
thoughts on bongiwe
First published alongside an opinion article written by Thami, in regards to the exhibition of Bongiwe Dhlomo in the Botswana National Museum.
Vol. 6, no. 3, 1986
A new day
Together with two other prominent artists at the time, Ben Arnold (ceramist), Fikile (painter) and Thami organised the exhibition titled "A New Day". It was held at the local YMCA - in the aftermath of the Soweto Uprising in 1976.
This drawing (which also featured in the exhibition) was later published in Staffrider magazine, alongside insights from Thami, namely: the importance of hosting such an exhibit, the choice of location and the artist's purpose in the struggle.
As legend has it, the YMCA location was too small for the 1.000 people in attendance, plus more waiting at the door, everyone in the township wanted to get a glance of the artwork. It proved to be "the most interesting exhibit of my life", reflects Thami in his article.