Creative Work

October 30, 2020


Boipelo Khunou

Diphuka is a fictional dream narrative that explores ideas around Life and Death being interconnected lived experiences. The protagonist reveals themselves to themselves through the process of death and begins a process of resurrection through the sense of touch. The touch acts as a breath redirecting the presence of death into life. In 2020, two years after the film was made, we find ourselves in a world where death has etched itself back into the forefront of our lives as a global collective. It has always been present although never as a threat to the global movement of the world. Screening the film in the Breath: Inspire/Expire symposium introduces new life and meaning to the film as it acts as a mirror of the relationships we have with our selves, our communities and our home, Earth.

Credits: Performance – Hannah van Tonder and Thato Koto Make-up – Kristina Nichol Styling – Taylor Abrahams Creative Direction, Text and DOP – Boipelo Khunou

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About Boipelo Khunou

Boipelo Khunou is an artist and filmmaker based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Born and raised in Matlosana, the North West province of South Africa, Khunou began her career in visual media as a filmmaker and photographer from 2016 to present while obtaining a BA Honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Witwatersrand. Inspired by the transformative power of visual media, Khunou established Botaki Ke Botshelo which is a business and creative manifesto that centres the expressions of creativity within different African contexts and inspires personal power through storytelling. In 2019 Khunou was commissioned to photograph portraits of abortion service providers for an exhibition, Voices and Choices curated by Mmabatho Montsho at the Constitutional Hill, that opened a discussion about women’s rights to reproductive health and choice. Botaki Ke Botshelo documents the creative influences of different lived experiences and knowledge productions in African contexts. In recent years, Boipelo Khunou has included this philosophy into the collaborations and commissions that she works on.