From slang to social etiquette, this local artist is capturing humorous cultural exchanges through his satirical cartoons.
A “snag”, “barbie” and “smoko”, may be familiar language to some, but when Tariro Mafohla moved to Wagga from his home country of Zimbabwe 10 years ago, he found himself navigating through sticky social situations.
Having dabbled as a cartoonist in Zimbabwe, Mr Mafohla decided to turn his artistic talents towards capturing these often humorous cultural exchanges in Wagga.
"When I moved here I noticed the differences between myself and the local people and how we communicated,” he said.
“There’s slang and there are sayings that just have completely different meanings, or don't exist, within different cultures and exploring that is something really interesting to me."
Though often satirical, Mr Mafohla said his overall message is one of unity and respect between races.
“Even though I emphasise the difference between cultures, my overall message is one of acceptance,” he said.
“People from different cultures behave differently and people should respect that about everybody.
“But it’s about looking at the differences as something humorous and endearing, rather than being something unknown and threatening."
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