Plastic Crowns, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa
2018 – 2019
Not the Usual Suspects, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, AFRONOVA GALLERY, Somerset House, London, UK
CAP Prize 2018 Winners Exhibition,Theaterplatz, Basel, Switzerland
AFROTOPIA, Curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, Afrika Museum, Berg En Dal, The nederlands
African Passions, Evora Africa, Cadaval Palace, Evora, Portugal
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, AFRONOVA GALLERY,Pioneer Works, New York, USA
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, AFRONOVA GALLERY, 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, AFRONOVA GALLERY, Pioneer Works, New York, USA
154 Art Fair at Somerset House: a guide to the Contemporary African Art Show, The Evening Standard, October 2018
Sapeurs, silks and selfies: African contemporary arts – in pictures, The Guardian, August 2018
Phumzile Khanyile on discovering her Womanhood, Elephant Magazine, July 2018
Contemporary African Photography Prize Winners announced, British Journal of Photography, June 2018
Top 13 des meilleures photos du prix pour la Photographie Contemporaine Africaine, Phototrend, May 2018
Si Grand-Mère me voyait…, Diptyk, May 2018
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair: the female gaze, Financial Times, May 2018
Whitewaller New York 2018: What You Need to Know about 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Whitewaller New York Frieze Issue, May 2018
1-54 Art Fair to Bring a Diverse Set of African Perspectives Together in New York, Widewalls, April 2018
Celebrating Traditions, Aesthetica Magazine, April 2018
Portfolio Phumzile Khanyile, Extra Extra Magazine, Issue 10
Rencontres de Bamako: Afrotopia, nouveaux imaginaires de l’Afrique contemporaine, Geopolis, December 2017
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
Born in Soweto in 1991. Lives and works in Johannesburg.
Phumzile Khanyile is a Market Photo Workshop graduate. She is the recipient of the 2015 Gisèle Wulfsohn Mentorship in Photography, and This afforded the young artist the opportunity to produce a body of work under the guidance of renowned photographer Ayana V. Jackson. She recently has been awarded the 2018 CAP Prize.
What followed was Plastic Crowns.
A series of self portraits, Plastic Crowns contains a strong narrative expressed through a striking visual language. Khanyile’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.
Since her recent debut exhibition at the Market Photo Workshop in 2017, Khanyile’s has been extensively featured in the press, The Financial Times, Aperture, The British Journal of Photography, Elephant, Art Africa Magazine… and has also been part of several exhibitions including AFROTOPIA, at the African Photography Encounters in Bamako and at the Africa Museum in Bergen Dal, Not the Usual Suspects, at Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, Evora Africa, African Passions, at Palacio Cadaval in Evora… Her work features already in local and international collections, in Europe and the US.