Mhudi 2019 Hand-woven archival ink-jet prints 292 x 101.5 x 8.5 cm
Mhudi: An Epic of South African Native Life a Hundred Years Ago by Sol Plaatje is the first novel by a black South African. It was completed in 1920, but only published in 1930. In it Plaatje describes a period in South African history that offers a different perspective from the prevailing Euro-centric versions of the time.
Mhudi explores the period of the Mfecane when both the Zulu and Boer military and territorial aspirations led to catastrophic warfare and migration. It was a time when the racial fault lines of southern African politics of the last 100 year were drawn.