Igshaan Adams

Jan-Henri Booyens

Jared Ginsburg

Bronwyn Katz

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Donna Kukama

Turiya Magadlela

Herman Mbamba

Sabelo Mlangeni

Kyle Morland

Cinga Samson

Gerda Scheepers

James Webb

Pedro Wirz

Billie Zangewa

Sabelo Mlangeni

Working mainly in a black and white format, Sabelo Mlangeni’s photographs have focused on capturing the intimate, everyday moments of communities in contemporary South Africa. 

Born in 1980 in Driefontein near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga, in 2001 he moved to Johannesburg where he joined the Market Photo Workshop, graduating in 2004. Since then, Mlangeni has exhibited widely, both locally and internationally.

“I have been moving around Johannesburg and its closest suburbs as someone interested in story-telling about everyday life. I am concerned by the migration flow within the urban areas, especially in the context of the South African social landscape, heavily burdened by legislation then, and now by economic constraints,” he says. “In my early walks I found myself in many spaces where the situation and the living conditions were impossible to look at and to photograph. Then I started wondering, what to frame? Soon another side of the hardships emerged, and I attempted to capture that hidden beauty, that ordinary peace.”


curriculum vitae

1980   Born in Driefontein, Mpumalanga, South Africa
           Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa



2001 – 2004   Market Photo Workshop


solo exhibitions

2018   Umlindelo wamaKholwa, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

2018   Invisible Women at Memorial Dr. Antonio Agostinho Neto, Luanda, Angola

2017   Kholwa: The Longing of Belonging, Museum of Archeology, Cambridge, UK

2016   Heartbreaker, artSPACE, Auckland, New Zealand

2015   No Problem, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

2012   Black Men in Dress and Iimbali, Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012   Country Girls,,Aceberg Projects, Chicago

2011   Ghost Towns, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

2010   Men Only/At Home, Brodie/Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010   This is Our Time, Brodie/Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa

2007   Invisible Women, Warren Siebrits Contemporary Morden Art, Johannesburg, South Africa

2006   Invisible Women, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa


selected group exhibitions

2019    Mating Birds Vol.2, curated by Gabi Ngcobo with Sumayya Menezes & Zinhle Khumalo, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2018   open agenda, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa

2018   Hacer Noche (Crossing Night), Oaxaca, Mexico

2018   Both, And, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

2018   Africa State of Mind, curated by Ekow Eshun, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK

2018  About Whose Land Have I Lit On Now? At Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

2018  Invisible Women at Memorial Dr. Antonio Agostinho Neto, Luanda, Angola

2018  Tell Freedom. 15 African artists, Kunsthal KAde, Amersfoort, Netherlands

2017   Recent Histories – New African Photography and Video Art, Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany

2016   Close to Home: New Photography from Africa, The Walther Collection Project Space, New York

2016   SEX, Stevenson, Johannesburg

2015   Rise and Fall of Apartheid : Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, Museum Africa, Johannesburg

2015  Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

2014    Public Intimacy: Art and Social Life in South Africa at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

2014   Apartheid and After at Huis Marseille, Amsterdam

2013   Rise and Fall of Apartheid:Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, Haus der Kunst, Munich

2013   Distance and desire: Encounters with African Archive, Walther Collection, Neu Ulm, Germany

2013     Present Tense, Calouse Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.

2013    Present Tense, Calouse Gulbenkian French Delegation, Paris

2012    Recontres Picha Biennale de Lumbumbashi (Lubumbashi Biennale), DRC

2013    The Unexpected Guest , Liverpool Biennale exhibition, Liverpool

2011   9th Rencontres de Bamako African Photography Biennale, Mali

2011    Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria

2011    Appropriated Landscapes, Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany

2011   Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography, V&A Museum, London

2011   Possible Cities: Africa in photography and video, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Pennsylvania

2010   Afropolis: City, Media, Art, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne, Germany

2010   I am not afraid: The Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa

2008   Look Away, South African Photography Today, Kuckei+Kuckei, Berlin



2018   Africa MediaWorks Photography Prize. London

2016   POPCAP’16 Prize for Contemporary African Photography

2009   Tollman Award for Visual Arts

2006  Edward Ruidz Mentorship



2018   A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town

2018   Ses Ditze Naus, Ibiza, Spain

2017   Centre de Art Waza, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

2017   Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm Germany

2016   Diep,Haven,Arques la bataille, Normandy, France

2015   Afrovibes, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2014   Akademie of art Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2013   Berlin Fellowship, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany

2012   Centre photograpie de la de Franse, Paris, France

2010   Centre for Contemorary Art, Lagos, Nigeria