Mpumelelo Buthelezi

(b 1994South Africa. Lives and works in Johannesburg)

Mpumelelo taught himself photography because he wanted to interpret the time and place he was born into and to give voice to the untold stories of the communities of his country by presenting them as narratives. His work explores themes of self-reflection, identity, and spirituality through black and white digital photographs. Through a series of self-portraits and portraits, Mpumelelo has produced a new body of work that takes inspiration from the isolation experienced during the national lockdown. In the initial stages he used his bedroom as a studio to make the self-portraits, seen in the choice of props used by the artist: bubble wrap, tin foil, lace fabric, bed sheets, and other materials found in a home.

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