Tshepo “Tuki” an orphan African boy got to see his work in Museum of Modern Art

Being an orphan from a young age 16 years old Tshepo "Tuki" from Makuleke village in rural South Africa were lucky and skilled enough to see his work in the Museum of Modern Art(M.O.M.A.).

This young African boy “Tuki” was invited to N.Y.C. in order to see his “wire car” artwork being a part of the “Century of the Child” exhibition that runs at M.O.M.A. through 5th of November.

His “wire car” artwork is made from recycled material and its a common toy in Makuleke village.

Tuki’s mom passed away when he was a young boy while he never got to know his father, he and his friends used old wire to create toys that’s how his “wire car” was born, at 2008 Denise Ortiz took part in a research project where she was lucky enough to meet Tuki in Makuleke village. She brought one of his toys back in NYC and present it to Museum of Modern Art, it was an instant match as M.O.M.A curators said in surprise “this is a piece of the exhibit that we’ve been searching for…” showing the way for Tuki to USA and NYC.


Produced for the BBC by Leigh Paterson

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