Based in Johannesburg, Mulanga Mbedzi is a self-taught visual artist who primarily employs charcoal to create representational drawings that explore healing and identity. Mulanga attained her LLB degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, and her Political and International Relations Honours degree from Rhodes University. Through her education, Mulanga attained a deeper understanding of social ills and a pressing need to alleviate them. It is with this passion for alleviating social ills that Mulanga uses her practice to delve into the root causes of many social ills which she says are encapsulated in one phrase; “hurt people hurt people.” As human beings, we’re all suffering from some kind of pain and trauma, and it is from a place of suffering that we inflict harm on ourselves and each other. Mulanga’s practice is thus aimed at encouraging individuals to exercise self-reflection and awareness, in order to heal from the many hidden traumas we unknowingly suffer from to become truer, better versions of ourselves. To do this, she employs the simple medium of charcoal to create uncomplicated yet profound drawings that engage the viewer in a self-reflective conversation, where they will hopefully be inspired to look deeper within themselves and come into an awareness of parts that need attention and healing.