JUSTPHOTO Fellowship recipients & mentors

JUSTPHOTO is a fellowship granted to African photographers and writers who are interested in self-directed learning as creative practice. The Fellowship provides the successful applicant with the financial and infrastructural support to research and produce a body of work that imagines the ways that photography and photographic writing; visual essays and photojournalism can contribute to setting social justice agendas. Our new Covid-19 reality necessitates an increase in time spent away from one another. Social distancing has taken over public space. Communities all over the world are adhering to distancing protocols, which affects communities and also enforces solitude and reflection on our impact on the planet. What does it mean to ‘social distance’? How do we social distance where we live? What is social distancing in spaces and times, where contact is unavoidable. The arts. Multi-generational households. Public transportation. Lovers and caregivers. The vulnerable among us. Through a self-directed curriculum and practice of learning and research; writing and photography, the Fellows develops their own area of interest and creative community with the Market Photo Workshop, who establishes a programme that is meaningful to their practice in photography and writing.

The JUSTPHOTO Photography Fellowship provides the fellow with a grant to develop a proposed body of work, in conjunction with an identified mentor, thus a mentorship. In addition to the grant the fellowship offers the possibility of a solo-exhibition and a publication to accompany it. The JUSTPHOTO Writing Fellowship seeks to promote new works of photographic writing of social responsibility, activism and ethical investigation by African writers practising in Africa. The writing fellow will be paired with the recipient of the JUSTPHOTO Photography Fellowship, along with a writing mentor to collaborate on a project that combines photography and writing in innovative ways.

About the JUSTPHOTO Fellows

Fatma Fahmy is the JUSTPHOTO Photography Fellowship recipient.

Fatma Fahmy (b. 1991, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) is a documentary photographer, based in Cairo. Fahmy obtained a B.A degree in Chemical Engineering from Cairo University in 2013. She focuses on environmental and social issues. Through her lens, she wishes to amplifies such historical and environmental bonds. Fatma makes use of ethnographic photography practices in the process of creating visual narratives; creating an image that mimics the memory of the place and its people. She was the recipient of the Daniele Tamagni Grant at the Market Photo Workshop in 2020.

Sibongile Oageng Msimango is the JUSTPHOTO Writing Fellowship recipient.

Sibongile Oageng Msimango is a writer, researcher and translator based in Johannesburg. She is interested in investigating the complexity and nuances of language where she uses writing as a tool to explore oral, written and/or visual text. She is also interested in interrogating the paradigm of remembering through spatial politics, archival material and socio-linguistics and how they are all informed by and perpetuate power relations. She is currently the Project Co-ordinator of HUB@GOETHE, the Mentorship Programme for creative entrepreneurs at Goethe-Institut South Africa.

About the JUSTPHOTO Fellowship Mentors

Newsha Tavakolian is the the JUSTPHOTO Photography Fellowship mentor.

Newsha Tavakolian is a photographer. She began working for the Iranian press at the age of 16, covering wars in Iraq and a range of social issues in her native Iran. Over the years, her focus shifted away from journalistic photography to photography as art. Through her lens, Tavakolian explores social experiences in her homeland and human conflicts close and near. Tavakolian has photographed female guerilla fighters in Iraqi Kurdistan, Syria and Colombia, prohibited Iranian female singers and the lives of people living under sanctions.

Tavakolian was the fifth laureate of the 2014 Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award and the principle laureate of the 2015 Prince Claus Award.

Amongst others, Tavakolian’s work has found its place within the private collections of international institutions, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the British Museum, Sackler Gallery and the Boston Museum of Fine Art.

Tavakolian became a Magnum Member in 2019.

Nomusa Makhubu is the JUSTPHOTO Writing Fellowship mentor.

Nomusa Makhubu is an associate professor in Art History and deputy dean of transformation in Humanities at the University of Cape Town. She was the recipient of the ABSA L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award in 2006 and the Prix du Studio National des Arts Contemporain, Le Fresnoy in 2014. She received the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) African Humanities Program fellowship award and was an African Studies Association (ASA) Presidential fellow in 2016. In 2017, she was also a UCT-Harvard Mandela fellow at the Hutchins Centre for African and African American Research, Harvard University. Recognising the need for mentorship and collaborative practice in socially responsive arts, she founded the Creative Knowledge Resources project. She co-edited a Third Text Special Issue: ‘The Art of Change’ (2013) and with Nkule Mabaso co-curated the international exhibition, Fantastic, in 2015 and The stronger we become in 2019 at the 58th Venice Biennale in Italy.

About 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.

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