Lindokuhle Sobekwa is a South African photographer born in Katlehong, Johannesburg. He was introduced to photography in 2012 through his participation in the Of Soul and Joy Project – a photography project in Thokoza, a township in the southeast of Johannesburg. During this time, he studied with photographers Bieke Depoorter, Cyprien Clément-Delmas, Thabiso Sekgala, Tjorven Bruyneel and Kutlwano Moagi. Sobekwa began exhibiting his work in 2013 as part of a group show in Thokoza, organised by the Rubis Mécénat foundation. His photo essay, Nyaope, was published in the Mail & Guardian (South Africa) in 2014. Nyaope was also published in Vice magazine’s annual Photo Issue and the De Standaard (Belgium) in the same year and exhibited at the Turbine Art Fair as part of their new artist feature exhibition. In 2015, Sobekwa was awarded a scholarship to study at the Market Photo Workshop where he completed his Foundation Course. Nyaope was exhibited in the ensuing group show, Free from My Happiness, organised by Rubis Mécénat for the International Photo Festival of Ghent (Belgium); the exhibition toured to additional sites in Belgium and South Africa. A publication, edited by Tjorven Bruyneel, included a selection of the works. In 2017 Sobekwa was selected by the Magnum Foundation for Photography and Social Justice, New York, to develop the project I carry Her photo of Me. He received the Magnum Foundation Fund to continue with his long-term project, Nyaope, in 2018. Sobekwa’s work has been exhibited in South Africa, Iran, Norway and the USA, and was presented by several galleries at the 2019 edition of Paris Photo. His hand-made photobook, I carry Her photo with Me was included in African Cosmologies at the FotoFest Biennial Houston, curated by Mark Sealy. He joined Magnum Photos in 2018 and became an associate member in 2020.
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