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My name is Qyya (pronounced 'kai-ya'), I'm a historian, textile artist, theatre practitioner, and storyteller - and this is the digital home of my creative practice. My work is a personal journey of reviving and preserving the traditions and the knowledge of my kinfolk and using them as a means to comment on contemporary issues, but above all, I aim to create an artistic experience that serves the communities in which it is hosted.

What Are You? Cape Town. March 2023

"The responsibility of the artist is to excavate the experience of the
people who produced him."

- Toni Morrison,
("Rootedness: The Ancestor as Foundation," The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, November 1984)

"Tradition is tending the flame and not worshipping the ashes."

- Gustav Mahler

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