[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”18700″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Steve Kwena Mokwena is an artist, historian, filmmaker and cultural activist. He is the founder of Xivumbeko Media and the Afrikan Freedom Station, an afrocentric multi-media gallery. Steve Kwena Mokwena was born in Soweto, South Africa and studied history, African politics and sociology at WITS University. He also holds an MA degree from Leeds University. He is particularly interested in history and memory and has produced and directed numerous films and written a book titled Thula Ndivile.
When interviewed about the Afrikan Freedom station Mokwena states “When I invite you to this space it’s almost like I’m inviting you to come hang out with the ancestors that created black urban culture in the city way back then”. It is no coincidence that Mokwena’s art gallery, the African Freedom Station, is situated in Westdene, formally known as the Western Native Township. “The proximity of this place, from which my parents were forcibly removed in 1962, is extremely important to me. It’s almost like a spiritual gateway to imagining ourselves,” he says. Occupying shop number 41 on Thornton Road is about reclaiming the urban landscape which was stolen from his ancestors, Mokwena says.
Mokwena’s artistic oeuvre is made up of haunting portraits of jazz legends Mokwena has infused jazz into the ambience of the artwork, firstly because of its historical significance and secondly because of the role it played in his family. His grandfather, Jacob Madumo, was an alto-saxophonist with the Jazz Maniacs. Mokwena’s art production also entails a large collection of prints and intricate drawings of a more personal nature and reflections on urban culture.[/vc_column_text][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_type=”no_bg” parallax_style=”vcpb-default” bg_image_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_image_size=”cover” bg_img_attach=”fixed” parallax_sense=”30″ animation_direction=”left-animation” animation_repeat=”repeat” parallax_content=”parallax_content_value” parallax_content_sense=”30″ fadeout_row=”fadeout_row_value” fadeout_start_effect=”30″ disable_on_mobile=”enable_on_mobile_value” bg_override=”0″][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]