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Manuela Gray

Manuela Gray is an internationally acclaimed tattoo artist who has also exhibited as a fine artist, extending her interest in body marking to engage with a wide range of traditional and non-traditional surfaces and marking techniques. Her The Number project comprises a film and a series of hand-stitched photographs that document the history, personal journeys, codes and body markings of South Africa’s Numbers gang. In the artworks, Manuela weaves her own layer of meaning, engaging with the iconography of The Number through her needle work. The Number project will be used to raise awareness and funds for training and rehabilitation initiatives in the troubled gang heartlands of the Cape Flats.