Tuguna was inspired by my research in Mali. Constructed volumetrically of scrap steel, the ntloma/Y-stick form is an architectural pillar in the form of a forked stick used as the support for traditional Malian adobe houses. They are often quite undulating in form but provide, nonetheless, the internal structure and support for traditional buildings. With them I reconstruct the shaded area where elders gather to discuss important events and concepts both current and past. The form becomes a metaphor for structure, strength, and support.
steel, social issues, social activist, political issues, memorial, multi-cultural, Mali, metal, Kasobane, identity image/text, heritage, genealogy, ethnicity, colonialism, Africa, Activism, post-colonialism, Political, race, racism, resistance