Is there anything Mmabatho Montsho can't do? She currently has viewers glued to TV screens with her unflinching role in prison drama Lockdown. She just wrapped production last Friday on her film directorial effort. Today, she unveils her solo art exhibition.
Montsho is undoubtedly one of the busiest women on Earth, so much that catching her on the phone proves to be more of a mission impossible than Tom Cruise's thrilling hunt in the classic franchise.
We eventually settle on a 15-minute telephonic chat on a windy Tuesday afternoon. She's multitasking as we talk; pacing around and giving orders - at least judging by the cellphone ambient echo.
Before we are cut short, because duty calls, she offers me a florid view into her world. "I just finished shooting a film with a similar theme, so I'm only getting a chance now to focus on this exhibition," she explains.
"Yesterday I was freaking out, but the nerves are better now after seeing the space."
As it would be expected with many creatives putting out a new piece of art, it takes Montsho almost a minute struggling to put into words the inspiration behind the exhibition. After all, art defies easy interpretation and the answer is always complex.
Titled Manyano, the 20-piece exhibition features a series of oil paintings by Montsho depicting the spirit, defiance and strength of the Manyano women of the Methodist Church.
The exhibition is open to the public at Constitution Hill Women's Jail located in the heart of Johannesburg for the duration of Women's Month.
Montsho reveals that she was first approached last year to curate an exhibition, but she passed on the opportunity because "I wanted to be in the right head space".