Mlangeni, Sabelo


South African, b. 1980; lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa


Sabelo Mlangeni, a graduate of the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg, is best known for his series Country Girls, which presents an intimate portrait of queer life within the rural areas of Mpumalanga province. Highlighting scenes of exuberance and glamour alongside those of strife and grit, his black and white images portray the community from within, and deliberately valorizes the perspectives of the individuals who identity with this group. Interestingly, even engaging with subjects from communities with which he does not belong, Mlangeni retains this focused engagement, and the resulting images give an intimate rendering of the complex cultural identities found within contemporary South African society.

Artworks by Mlangeni, Sabelo

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