If there ever was a way to bow out of Youth Month with a bang, landing a feature on Mail & Guardian’s Young 200 Leaders list would be a great attempt and that is exactly what photographer and Umuzi multimedia recruit, Tshepiso Mabula has done.
A Design Indaba Emerging Young Creative 2017 member, Tshepiso Mabula is a Soweto based photographer born in the Lephalale district of Limpopo.
An encounter with renowned photographer Santu Mofokeng’s book Bloemhof, during a family visit in 2012, ignited her passion and intrigue for photography and there has been no stopping her ever since.
After completing her course at the Market Photo Workshop in documentary and photojournalism, Tshepiso joined the Umuzi Academy in 2016. She later went on to participate in Intercambiador ACART artist residency programme in Madrid Spain, where she produced and exhibited a body of work as part of a group exhibition at the Quinta del Sordo.
Reflecting the times and spaces she occupies in various bodies of work such as Makoti Kapa Lefetwa and her ongoing series Four Room, Seven Colours, Tshepiso captures ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances while concurrently commenting on societal ills and challenging various forms of systematic oppression such as patriarchy.
From all of us at Umuzi, wishing you more prosperity and light as you continue to use your voice and photography as a tool for advocacy and resistance.
To follow Tshepiso and keep up with her latest work follow her on:
Instagram: tshepisomabula and kasinomics_ 101
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Thabo Toyi was different from day one. He saw a media interview and did not stop calling Andrew our MD until finally he agreed to a meeting. “Put it simply Andrew I want in, I love everything about this organization and I want to do this” is what he said. Thabo joined the program and flourished. After completing a whirlwind Umuzi Activist’s course. With the support of Umuzi, Thabo won the Tudortech photography bursary which allowed him to complete his photography degree at City Varsity.
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Edited: Andrew Levy
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Siya simply put, you rock. Well done to you, your family, and the school. The road has sometimes been difficult, sometimes unclear, but you have persevered and are on your way.
Siya’s incredible family, especially his mom Phyllis who has supported and pushed him throughout.