Plastic Crowns, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
Bamako Encounters, 11th Edition, AFROTOPIA, Bamako, Mali
Paris Photo, MAGNIN-A/ AFRONOVA GALLERY, Grand palais, Paris
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Pioneer Works, New York, USA
Diapositive Afrotopia, Art Africa Magazine, December 2017
Afrotopia in Pictures, Elephant, November 2017
Les Rencontres de Bamako, Arte, November 2017
Female Photographers at Paris Photo 2017, Collector Daily, November 2017
Aperture Members Celebrate the Launch of “Platform Africa”, Aperture, May 2017
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.