I am a South African artist and creative director, specializing in photography. In December 2020, I completed my Bachelor of Fine Art degree at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. In my work, I use portraiture to engage with questions of identity and the role of art history and photographic archives in defining humanity’s current relationship with imagery. In my existing bodies of work, "NOMDAKAZANA" (2019), "Ulwalamano/Kinship" (2020) and "IQHINA" (2020), I have and continue to foreground the importance of documenting and archiving Black experience, reflexivity, kinship and connection. My 4th Year body of work "IQHINA" (2020), was awarded the highly prestigious Michaelis Prize for the "Most Outstanding Body of Work by a Student in the Year", as well as the Simon Gerson Prize. This project formed a process of re-tracing and retrieving my lineages and identity, which required me to contend with a South African post-memory that is defined by the consequences of colonial disruption. In its essence, IQHINA is a body of work about two South African families from Ginsberg Township in the Eastern Cape, and how they have formed and performed identity and kept their own histories intact in the face of the grand narratives of colonial erasure and Apartheid.
- Ranji MangcuXhobani! (IQHINA)R 5,600.00 ex. vat
- Ranji MangcuTender-Headed (IQHINA)R 4,800.00 ex. vat
- Ranji MangcuuMamQadi (IQHINA)R 5,600.00 ex. vat