The Of Soul and Joy photography project (OSJ) is delighted to present the In Thokoza: Place of Peace group exhibition. The exhibition presents a selection of photographic narratives developed by young photographers from Thokoza, who have been part of the Of Soul and Joy photo project since its inception in 2012.
The stories developed by these students are diverse in scope, spanning the personal, familial and political. In addition, they illustrate the complex intersection between education, culture, identity, culminating in a wide range of captivating work. “Through this exhibition, we offer students an opportunity to show their work in a professional gallery and fulfilling our mission to support early career photographers,” said project manager and mentor, Jabulani Dhlamini.
Exhibiting alongside the new group of students will be OSJ’s 2012 Alumni, Tshepiso Mazibuko, 2016 Tierney fellow Celimpilo Mazibuko, Sibusiso Bheka, whose work was exhibited at the 11th Rencontres de Bamako, African Biennale of Photography last year and Lindokuhle Sobekwa. Sobekwa was recently announced as one of Magnum Foundation’s social justice fellows and grant recipients for his project on Nyaope, while Tshepiso Mazibuko was awarded the prestigious 2018 Prince Claus project grant.
Through the mentorship and support offered by the Of Soul and Joy initiative, the students have and continue to develop an important photographic testimonial on the realities of township life and its present-day challenges through the eyes of a current generation.
Photographers: Yamkela Mbanga, Thobeka Nzwana, Litha Kanda, Sandile Zulu, Phumzile Dzimbiri, Bongiwe Zungu, Nthabiseng Manuel, Jabulile Pearl Hlanze, Lunathi Mngxuma, Mpho Mary Gorrety Matia, Vuyo Mabheka, Sinesipho Ngemntu, Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo, Lindokuhle Sobekwa, Sibusiso Bheka, Celimpilo Philane Mazibuko and Tshepiso Mazibuko
Curator: Thato Mogotsi
OPENING: 05.07.2018 6PM – 9PM
EXHIBITION: 05.07.2018 – 07.08.2018
Stop Sign Art Gallery
Stop Sign Art Junction
Nedbank Majestic Building
141 Bree Street
Wednesday – Saturday
10am – 5pm
11am – 5pm