Sumayya Vally

Sumayya is our eye.

Growing up in an Indian-only apartheid township in South Africa, she has always been interested in cities as places full to brimming with diversity, movement, and change. Her practice began in Johannesburg but she has since set her sights elsewhere—examining how the city, as a form of human settlement, promotes flourishing. 

A trained architect, curator, teacher, and visual storyteller, Sumayya is committed to dragging architecture (kicking and screaming) out of the dead, white spaces it prefers and into the present. As a collaborative, ongoing attempt at flourishing, the city must be reframed and re-searched. Here at Frame45 and beyond, Sumayya unlocks the unrealised potential of cities and communities affected by migration. 

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