Focus on Women
Photographic Exhibition | IT IS WELL: An Ode to Karabo
This piece is an ode to Karabo Mokoena, a 22 year old God fearing young woman who was the victim of abuse at the hands of her partner and who was brutally murdered and her body burned beyond recognition in a shallow grave. She, like many women in this country have been failed by a society and a justice system that does not prioritize the violence women face in the hands of abusive partners. Men have failed us.
South Africa has failed us.
However, she, like many women are not defined by the violence that cloaks us. We are not defined by the failures of the South African justice system. We are not the cloth that men wipe their mistakes on and discard. We will not be defined by a patriarchal society that fuels its engines with our blood and props itself up with our bones. We are the sum of the power and potential that society tries so hard to beat out of us.
We might bend but we will never break.
We will overcome.
And in the words of Karabo Mokoena – “He tried to finish me, but look at me now I’m still standing”.
Name An Ode to Karabo
Date Whole festival