Lebogang Mogul Mabusela (b.1996) is a multidisciplinary artist and a self-proclaimed monotypebabe and zinequeen based in Johannesburg. In 2019 she graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the Wits School of Arts where she was also awarded the Standard Bank Fine Arts Prize. Mabusela has participated in a number of group exhibitions at the Wits Art Museum, The Project Space, Turbine Art Fair and Latitudes Art Fair, Design Indaba in Cape Town as part of top the 50 Emerging Creatives class of 2020 and more recently she was a runner up recipient of the Young Womxn Studio Bursary sponsored by Sam Nhlengethwa and the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, at the end of her 3-month studio stay at the end of 2020 she participated in Monotypes… A Monotypebabe Experience, a printmaking group show she co-produced and curated at the Bag Factory. Mabusela prides herself in being the founder of Makoti Technologies™ (est 2017) a Bridal gifts shop offering a dynamic range of gunz, tools and technologies that enhance women’s desires and roast patriarchy, keeps them safe while maintaining their attitudes.
Interrogating, roasting and calling out patriarchy, racism and heteronormativity are core themes in my practice, which are explored through a variety of formats and methodologies. I use printmaking to explore and express thoughts of serious difficult issues such as gendered street harassment, period shaming and male allyship. Using the monotype printing technique I paint and depict scenarios that challenge misogynoir and imagine how male allyship would look like with a smidge of humor and sometimes through gendered objects such as the classic dainty doily by dismantling it to form alternative compositions of blackwomanhood and femininity. Another extension of my practice is Makoti: A Bridal gifts shop under Makoti Technologies™, which puts my practice in the realm of performance, sculpture/installation and printmaking. In this practice, I am the designer and manufacturer for this bridal shop that sells guns that womxn can use to dismantle patriarchy or rightfully stir some shit, thus making me the inventor for Makoti Technologies™ and director of Makoti: A Bridal gifts shop. My thoughts stem from the gender norms perpetuated by Sepedi-setswana proverbs and realised in stories collected from childhood memory and experiences. Makoti gunz are made from paper, accompanied by a user friendly manual of the breakdown of the gun itself in a humorous tone. Such guns include gunz that help you fuck him and steal his job, guns that help wonder if the heterosexuals are okay, gunz that prevent you from being entered in the mouth, gunz you can use in the case of a patriarchal meltdown at shoprite, the bottle store, a zoom meeting or school and more, hell even gunz that prevent rape cases from disappearing, gunz thathelp you menstruate on your zaddy’s car seats.