She Bad Bad

Curated by Fulufhelo Mobadi


Sat, 19 June 2021

Photo Workshop Gallery & Gallery 1989

1pm- 4pm

Closing Celebration: 9 August 2021

Market Photo Workshop

She Bad Bad is a photographic exhibition for emerging black female photographers in South Africa. The title is a celebration of their strength, courage and diversity, coined from the colloquial term “bad bitch”, She Bad Bad describes women whose photography re-imagines conceptual works of art through lived experiences. These are the “Bad bitches” of the industry.

As part of the Africa 2020 season, Les Rencontres d’Arles and the French Institute (Paris) awarded Fulufhelo Mobadi the first Curatorial Research grant – Africa Projects in 2019 for her project She Bad Bad. This grant included, in addition to the curatorial research, the production and presentation of She Bad Bad at les Rencontres d’Arles in 2020 but due to Covid 2019 the exhibition could not take place. The French Institute (Paris) then asked the French Institute of South Africa – IFAS to present She Bad Bad in Johannesburg. IFAS is partnering with the Market Photo Workshop to organise the exhibition She Bad Bad, which will be presented at the Photo Workshop gallery from Saturday (19 June – 12 August). The access to this exhibition will be free of charge.

She Bad Bad podcast series is sponsored by Open Society Foundation for South Africa. This project forms part of an annual curatorial thematic at the Market Photo Workshop that focuses on questions of gender and sexuality, presented in partnership with the Open Society Foundation for South Africa. 

Contributing Photographers

Puleng Mongale

Bongiwe Phakathi

Brittany Zöe Masters

Nonzuzo Gxekwa

Noncedo Gxekwa

Manyatsa Monyomane

Lebogang Tlhako

Mandisa Buthelezi

Tshepiso Moropa

Thalente Khomo

Fezeka Mophethe

About Les Rencontres d’Arles

The Rencontres d’Arles, an annual photography festival, was founded in 1970 by the Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, the writer Michel Tournier and the historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette. Photography is then considered a “minor” art and has not acquired its letters of nobility. The Arles festival will greatly contribute to its institutional recognition, and from a simple meeting between lovers of photography, it will become, over the years, a major cultural event.

About Nazo! Arts and Projects

Nazo! arts and projects was created and designed in early 2011. Drawing from both personal experience of working within the Visual Arts and critical observation of the sector, the company identified potential opportunities to address. Amongst these was a need to establish an enabling a gallery space through which stake holders and role players could realize the potential. As such, the company takes as its core business, exhibition coordination, skills development training projects, advertising: painting, Mosaics, photography printmaking murals and art being sculptures, research and consultation.

Nazo! arts and projects have since been registers as Bafana Zembe PTY (Ltd) under the companies intellectual Property Commission in 2015, and has one founding director thus far, currently based in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, Nazo! arts and projects has a strong stakeholder based in all 9 provinces in the country and strives to forge relations with international stakeholders and role players.

 About the French Institute in South Africa (IFAS):

Over the 20 past years, IFAS has worked with multiple public and private partners in South Africa and in more than 30 African countries, prioritising the development of skills and ecosystems for innovation in the cultural and creative industries sector. With each project, IFAS develops unique collaborations with the shared goal of making the exchanges between the countries within creative industries more rewarding, complementary, dynamic, innovative, creative and ambitious. The Institute facilitates and implements these collaborations with key players of the French creative industries in training, innovation, business development and public policies to design programmes with a win-win approach.

 About the Market Photo Workshop

For over 30 years, the Market Photo Workshop has played a pivotal role in the training of South Africa’s photographers, ensuring that visual literacy reaches neglected and marginalized parts of our society. World-renowned photographer David Goldblatt contributed vastly to the establishment of Market Photo Workshop in 1988 – 1999. Since then, the Photo Workshop has been an agent of change and representation, informing photographers, visual artists, educators, students and broader communities of trends, issues, and debates in photography and visual culture. Market Photo Workshop is the recipient of The Principal Prince Claus Award 2018.

For more information contact:

Candice Jansen

Manager: Research and Exhibitions Programming

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