Post-Revolution Chill

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

 

“Sweet victory” read the headlines of the papers. It doesn’t feel quite real, but the news on TV confirms it. In a near future, Luvuyo and Tatenda are home from the front lines of the revolution. As they enter, the house exhales with them. What a time! Their rights have been fought for and their voices acknowledged. The oppressive white supremacist, racist, capitalist, patriarchal system has come to an end at the hands of varied individual and collective efforts. In the days after the end, Tatenda and Luvuyo are triumphant, euphoric but lethargic: playing their favourite records, making a sandwich, maybe lighting a joint, sharing the news over the phone. They chill, basking in the glory of a new era, their normalcy a low-key celebration.

Change was a matter of rejecting and disrupting oppressive institutions. It is done.

 

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

Thandi Gula-Ndebele

 

Post-Revolution Chill is a conceptual fashion shoot inspired by the past and a potential future. The aesthetic is inspired by my parents’ old photographs from the 70s and 80s in Zimbabwe and pictures of icons like Jimi Hendrix, Basquiat, Angela Davis and Che Guevara doing ordinary things in their homes, after returning from their own ‘revolution’. In some sense, every day, we each have our own to act on.

 

Credits:

Photographer: Thandi Gula-Ndebele
Art Direction : Thandi Gula-Ndebele & Andrea Kloppers
Stylist & Makeup Artist: Andrea Kloppers
Models: Tatenda Wekwatenzi & Luvuyo Nyawose
Special Thanks: Chase Musslewhite
Stockists: Nevernew Store

 

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