She Bad Bad Exhibition


Image: "Shields and Protection" - photographic montage, Bongiwe Phakathi


The French institute of South Africa is proud to support She Bad Bad, an exhibition curated by Fulufhelo Mobadi that spotlights the work of emerging black female photographers in South Africa, taking place at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg from 19 July to 12 August 2021.

As part of the Africa 2020 season, Les Rencontres d’Arles and the French Institute (Paris) awarded Mobadi with the first curatorial research grant - Africa Projects in 2019 for her She Bad Bad project.  IFAS is excited to be supporting this critical contribution to the canon of South African visual culture through the lens of eleven of the country’s most luminous young talent.

For this exhibition, Mobadi selected women working with the medium in different ways to tell stories inspired by themes of history, kinship, migration, memory, and loss, while challenging conventional understandings of African female photographic representation and the female gaze. All the works selected for this show give us insight into each photographer’s identity and lived experience portrayed through their unique visual stories. This exhibition is part of a larger research project by Mobadi that highlights the work of African female photographers.

“Every voice deserves to be heard. We are thrilled to support the incredible depth of talent that will be showcased throughout this exhibition, which does the important work of privileging the female gaze in photography”- Selen Daver, Cultural Attaché at the French Institute of South Africa.

She Bad Bad describes women whose photography re-imagines conceptual works of art through lived experiences. These are the “Bad bitches” of the industry”- Fulufhelo Mobadi, Curator.

Contributing Photographers:
Puleng Mongale
Bongiwe Phakathi
Brittany Zoe Masters
Nonzuzo Gxekwa (as Carbon Copy)
Noncedo Gxekwa (as Carbon Copy)
Manyatsa Monyamane
Lebogang Tlhako
Mandisa Buthelezi
Tshepiso Moropa
Thalente Khomo
Fezeka Mophethe

See the exhibition at the Market Photo Workshop, 19 June – 12 August 2021. The exhibition is free of charge, and strict Covid-19 regulations apply.

The Market Photo Workshop:
c/o Market Square
138 Lilian Ngoyi St
Entrance: Margaret Mcingana Street