2020 Tierney Fellow and 13th recipient of the Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop
The Market Photo Workshop in partnership with The Tierney Family Foundation is excited to announce Lusanda Nditha as the 13th recipient of the Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop.
The Tierney Fellowship has assisted in creating opportunities for photographers to cultivate the development of their practice. Photography is a multi-dimensional field of practice through which our societies remember, communicate, protest, advertise, develop science and make social impact. The role of the photographer in our society is therefore urgent. The Tierney Fellowship creates an ideal space for a photographer to develop such a rounded artistic practice. The Fellowship will provide the successful applicant with the necessary resources to support the research, self-directed learning in the growth of a photographic body of work. Collaborating with mentors and a photographic arts and journalism community that now has global reach. The Tierney Fellowship programme ran for the first time in South Africa in 2008 and partner institutions include the Market Photo Workshop, WITS School of Arts and The Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.
The selection of the 13th Tierney Fellow adhered to a thorough selection process with an expert panel of judges, which comprised of Matthew Tierney, Lekgetho Makola, Dr. Same Mdluli, Ilan Godfrey, Tshepiso Mabula and Jerry Vezzuso.
About Lusanda Ndita
Lusanda Ndita is a visual artist based in Johannesburg. He was part of a group exhibition at Bubblegum Club as a finalist for the Elle Style Report 2016. In 2017, Ndita completed the Advanced Programme in Photography at the Market Photo Workshop. His work was part of a student exhibition, Photo Workshop 17 later that year. Ndita’s work was exhibited at the Cartier Booth at the 2017 Joburg Art Fair. In 2018, he exhibited at Turbine Art Fair TAF18 as part of Talent Unlocked Artist Career Development Programme. He was part of a group show with Joburg Fringe 2019 at The Art Room. Currently, Ndita is part of a group show Life in the time of corona at The Art Room.
Ndita’s work for the Tierney Fellowship will focus on migration, family dismantlement and the effects of growing up in household without a father or father figure. He will engage with his personal experiences of growing up without a father or father figure and interrogate how that experience affects or influences his parenthood; and those of other black family structures.
Ndita comments, “I am grateful to be given this platform provided by the Tierney Family Foundation and the Market Photo Workshop. It feels unreal to think that my ideas have the potential to be discussed alongside those of a great list of visual storytellers, which have come through the Tierney Fellowship. Hopefully, my work can be a platform to initiate and create conversations around the effects of migration and family dismantlement on black family structures.”
About The Tierney Fellowship
The Tierney Fellowship was created in 2003 by The Tierney Family Foundation to support emerging artists in the field of photography. The primary goal of the Fellowship is to find tomorrow’s distinguished artists and leaders in the world of photography and assist them in overcoming the challenges that a photographer faces at the beginning of his or her career.
The Tierney Fellowship programme ran for the first time in South Africa in 2008 and partner institutions include the Market Photo Workshop, WITS School of Arts and The Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.
The aim of the fellowship is twofold: encouraging fellows to produce a new body of work and creating a global community of artists that functions as a crucial support network in an increasingly competitive field. The Fellowship supports the recipients both financially, by way of a grant, and technically and conceptually, with mentorship and guidance from experts in the field.
Fellows remain an important part of the programme after the conclusion of their structured mentorship. Seminars and critiques are held throughout the year to facilitate interaction between all current and past recipients, encouraging discussion about their photography, work experience and lives as artists.
See http://www.tierneyfellowship.org/ for more information
About the Market Photo Workshop
The Market Photo Workshop is a Johannesburg-based school of photography, gallery and resource centre for practicing photographers. Since its establishment in 1989, the school has played an integral role in the training and growth of photographers from South Africa and further afield, while promoting photography through exhibitions, public debates and collaborative projects, especially within marginalized communities. The Market Photo Workshop is a division of The Market Theatre Foundation. Market Photo Workshop is the recipient of The Principal Prince Claus Award 2018.
For more information, please contact:
Manager: Training and Public Engagement Programming
T +27 (0) 11 834 1444
Market Photo Workshop
c/o Market Square
138 Lilian Ngoyi St
Entrance at Margaret Macingana Street
The Market Photo Workshop is a division of The Market Theatre Foundation.