Keabetse Maake-When I grow up I want to be White?

When I grow up I want to be White?

Keabetse Maake-little girl I

little girl I

Keabetse Maake

little girl II

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R 11,500.00 ex. vat
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Frame None
Edition Size 6
Medium Lithography and Embroidery on Fabriano Paper
Location Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 40.00 cm
Width 30.00 cm
Artist Keabetse Maake
Year 2023

This print is one of two in the series titled Little Girl. It is a litho print in blue-black ink, designed to mimic the cyanotype printing process. The work explores the themes of Black joy and the preservation of Black childhood joy. Little Girl emphasizes how children's resilience, curiosity, and innocence can serve as powerful agents for change.


The print also features red embroidery, which symbolizes love and unity. This embroidery is a visual message to the little girl, showing her she is not alone in her journey. It outlines her shadow, creating the illusion of a figure that is present in a spiritual sense. This figure represents guides, angels, or guardians, always with her, no matter where she goes. 


Inspired by Frank Cieciorka's painting Little Girl in the book Hell on Earth, this work blends powerful symbolism and intricate detail to convey a profound message.

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