Learning Political Lessons at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Hyperallergic, May 2017
The third edition of 1:54 NY Contemporary African Art Fair, The Eye of Photography, May 2017
Phumzile Khanyile, Art Forum, February 2017
Plastic Crowns: a narrative as self-portrait by Phumzile Khanyile, Between 10 and 5, February 2017
Phumzile Khanyile – Plastic Crowns, In Your Pocket, February 2017
When the photographer turns the camera on herself, Sunday Times, April 2016
Phumzile Khanyile is a Market Photo Workshop graduate originally from Soweto. She is the recipient of the 2015 Gisèle Wulfsohn Mentorship in Photography, a developmental platform and opportunity to continue activism through photography in the spirit of late South African documentary photographer Gisèle Wulfsohn. This afforded the young artist the opportunity to produce a body of work under the guidance of renowned photographer Ayana V. Jackson.
What followed was Plastic Crowns.
A series of self portraits, Plastic Crowns contains a strong narrative expressed through a striking visual language. Phumzile’s work explores aspects of women’s lives through evocations of her own experiences; breaking down social taboos in its explicit exploration of sexual politics. There is little distinction between her craft and her own life in the images, which read like a private journal of informal snap shots made public. Her gritty aesthetic, characterized by harsh shadows, soft focus and lush textures, lends her work it’s notable emotive quality.