Of Soul and Joy Presents 3rd Youth Photography Festival in Thokoza

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Of Soul and Joy Photo Festival PosterThe Of Soul and Joy photography project (OSJ) is launching the 3rd edition of its photo festival on the 14th September 2019 at Buhlebuzile secondary school in Thokoza. The festival is organised in partnership with the Rubis Mécénat cultural fund and Easigas. Launched in 2012, the OSJ project provides a platform for young people in and around Johannesburg to learn photography skills.

This year’s programme will exhibit works created by former and current Of Soul and Joy students, the festival will also welcome musicians and performers. An exciting addition to the line-up includes talks and a panel discussion moderated by Arts organiser Molemo Moiloa with South African photographers, Andrew Shabangu, Jabulani Dhlamini, John Fleetwood, independent curator and founder of Photo, and other emerging creatives.  Guests can also look forward to an interactive photo booth and have their family or personal portraits taken by OSJ photographers.

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Photo: OSJ Collective
Photo: OSJ Collective

In honour of South Africa’s 25 years of democracy, new images to be exhibited include a series of works developed under the Theme “Khumalo Street, post-1994”. During the 1990’s this notorious street in Thokoza was a no-go area due to the political violence that claimed lives and displaced many families. Among those who lost their lives, was well-known community leader Sam Ntuli.

Photo: Thobeka Nwana

“Young people have a responsibility to know and understand their history and, in the process, use creative platforms to tell their stories boldly. The works created by the Of Soul and Joy students seek to reflect on and capture a Khumalo Street that is free from political violence but at the same time interrogate its current state” said project manager and mentor, Jabulani Dhlamini.

Additional works to be showcased include a collection of images from the Place of Peace 2018 exhibition with works by 2012 Alumni, Tshepiso Mazibuko, Lindokuhle Sobekwa and Sibusiso Bheka.

Photo: Sibusiso Sithonga
Photo: Sibusiso Sithonga

“2019 marks Of Soul and Joy ‘s 7th year anniversary of narrating African stories through the lens of young photographers and we will continue to develop emerging photographers, encourage self-expression and support creative collaborations” concludes Dhlamini.

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