A self portrait of Tshepiso Mabula

© Tshepiso Mabula, Self Portrait

We are pleased to welcome Tshepiso Mabula as our 2021 Writer in Residence!

Tshepiso is a Johannesburg-based writer and photographer. Her interest in photography sparked when during a visit to a family member she was introduced to award-winning South African photographer Santu Mofokeng’s body of work, this then led to her studying photojournalism and documentary photography at the Market Photo workshop, also in South Africa.

She was the 2018 recipient of the Tierney fellowship at the Market Photo workshop and she explores the small things through photography: exposing the humanity in oppositional, chaotic or even boring environments. Her work deals mostly with memory, loss and the fleeting sense of what it means to truly belong.

She also creates works that uses strong creative approaches to change the narrative and address the issues that affect mostly black working-class people in South Africa. Tshepiso’s work also looks at how history can be reconciled with the present and it is a blueprint for an archive that will serve as a reference of the times to future generations.

We look forward to sharing the articles, features, and opinion pieces that Tshepiso writes for Photography+ this year!

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