2014 June 26: When photography is our religion



All Photos by Lerato Maduna
© 27/11/2012

What:  Faces and Phases exhibition opening

When:  2 Years ago (27th November 2012)

Where:  Goethe-Institut Südafrika, 119 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood. Johannesburg.


 Where are they now?


ImageAyanda Moremi got married to Nhlanhla Moremi on the 9th November 2014 in Thokoza and Vosloorus townships, Johannesburg.


68012_10200116108245141_1837068002_nNtobza work and live in Durban.  Yaya Mavundla writes for Inkanyiso


75938_10200116436213340_741044673_nAlia has since moved to Georgia…
526859_10200116244808555_1505028229_n Sly Pod travelled with me to San Francisco and presented her story as a participant in Faces and Phases and on the state of being a young black lesbian professional in South Africa.
See: Photos from Brown Bois Retreat in Oakland, California.




270135_10200116402172489_1602348724_nCollen Mfazwe is finishing Photography –  Intermediate Course at Market Photo Workshop.
Collen’s best article The special boy”



Neo Ntsoma had her documentary produced by AlJazeera 

Neo is the first black woman recipient of the CNN African Journalist Award for photography...


406850_10200116052443746_667204275_nThe number of friends, participants in Faces and Phases series who attended the exhibition… More than 300 individuals were there.


480385_10200116178966909_207751373_nLesego Tlhwale volunteered for Inkanyiso as a writer and currently work for SWEAT in Cape Town. Lesego’s partner is featured here with her partner, Baitiri.
Best read article by Lesego is “A dildo is not a man, it’s a fantastic toy…”




382027_10200116088084637_2128665059_nAyanda Msiza photographed Tumi Nkopane and Maureen Majola.
Majola performed “Sifela I Ayikho” at Studio 44, Berlin in Germany.
302850_10200116358531398_859628770_nLerato Maduna, one of the best Black Female Photographers in South Africa, she took the photos featuring in this photo album. Lerato is franked by Siphiwe Mbatha and Collen Mfazwe both from Daveyton township.


486221_10200116011762729_376254117_nTeekay Khumalo, Pinky Mbangula and Sne Lunga are some of the participants in Faces and Phases…


319657_10200116124045536_169420601_nThe handsome Teekay contemplating…
He came all the way from Durban to Johannesburg to attend the special event.




64664_10200116036763354_448368099_nL-R:  Visual Artists Humbu Nsenga and Renee Mathibe came to support…






Xana Nyilenda is one of the best young filmmakers and writer.
Read her travel-log:
“Cramps were killing me.”


374458_10200116076444346_855659614_nMembers of my bio family who attended my exhibition for the first time in Johannesburg. So wish my late mother was physical there.


558799_10200116222808005_1464632810_nResponding to journalist question why I think Visual Activism is so important in South Africa….
Read article:  Poise, Pride and Prejudice




Lungile Dladla is a dedicated young activist. She wrote her first story for Inkanyiso which touched so many readers’ hearts. Titled “I am not a victim but a Victor”


178903_10200116193127263_1790037161_nCandice Nkosi won the second princess on Miss Gay Jozi (2013).
She is featuring in the Beauties and Beach series.


NB:  To read related articles CLICK on underlined links provided on this post.

To be continued…






















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