RMB Talent Unlocked partnered by Rand Merchant Bank has funded a six-month intensive workshop programme for emerging artists, that integrates practical art-making (focusing on process and conceptual development) and professional practice training in collaboration with Assemblage and VANSA. This exciting exhibition of emerging artists will be curated by Fulufhelo Mobadi.
Mentors and participating artists:
Artists: Vanessa Tembane, Theko Boshomane, Sharon Moses, Selwyn Steyn, Ofentse Seshabela, Nathi Khumalo, Mncedi Madolo, Mignon Modema Mayhew, Marguerite Visser Sanders, Lusanda Ndita, Loreal Vos, Lebogang Mabusela, Keneilwe Mokoena, Jessica Le Roux, Henrietta Elizabeth Scholtz, Andre du Toit & Tamara Langwe, Xoliswa Ngwenya, Zandri Oosthuysen
Mentors: Koulla Xinisteris, Murray Turpin, Lara Koseff, and Lawrence Lemaoana
Curator of Talent Unlocked: Fulufhelo Mobadi
About the curator: FULUFHELO MOBADI is a South African photographer born in Johannesburg in 1986. In 2012, she graduated from the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme at the Market Photo Workshop. Her photographic practice focuses on the day-to-day struggles of women within contemporary South Africa and the African continent more broadly. As a socially engaged photographer, she is motivated by making the unspoken and the hidden visible. In June 2016, Mobadi collaborated with the Zimbabwean photographer Kresiah Mkhwanzi on a project exploring issues of rape and the objectification of women’s bodies. The work produced was exhibited at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in the exhibition titled In my Private Moments.
Her most recent achievement was being selected as the winner of the ASEF Visual Arts Award 2017, a prize created by the philanthropic arts organisation Prospero World. This award supported a six-week Artist-in-Residency programme in Nairobi, Kenya. During her stay, she worked with an organization called Access AFYA, and ran photography workshops with young mothers in the informal settlements of Mukuru, Nairobi. During the course of the residency, Mobadi produced a new body of work titled In Between. She also organised and curated an exhibition titled To the Women I have Never Met which displayed the 400 works produced by the young mothers of Mukuru with disposable cameras. The residency was a turning point in understanding the possibilities of photography as an educational and community-building tool.
In December 2017, Mobadi was invited by Prospero World to travel to London to speak about the work completed in Mukuru, and debut her first solo exhibition titled In Between at a Private View in Mayfair.