Class of 2021



Thobeka Nzwana is an aspiring Photographer based in Thokoza, Johannesburg East. Nzwana was born in Soweto , Johannesburg and grew up between Eastern and Western Cape.

In 2008 Nzwana moved to Johannesburg. She joined the Of Soul and Joy [OSJ] Photography Project in 2017, where she has a keen interest in documenting stories concerning black people. In 2018 Nzwana went to the Market Photo Workshop. Nzwana’s first work, titled “ Sebenza Girl; was part of group exhibition at Stop Sign Art Gallery in Johannesburg, Newtown, the work focused on celebrating Black Woman in their various workspaces in her community. In 2019 Nzwana was also participating in a group Photo Festival exhibition, in Thokoza through the Of Soul and Joy Project. Her work was based on the history of Thokoza where the 1990’s political clashes took place in Khumalo Street. In this work she portrayed herself in portraits in the spaces of trauma ‘ Spaces and Memories’.

Nzwana is currently working on a project titled ‘uHintsa’ around her Great Grand Father who died long time ago, during apartheid time, and been buried headless. Nzwana is portraying herself without showing the head, looking at herself as the answer to her family, about King Hintsa’s stolen head.