Re)present Is an exhibition of the Ethical Photography and Digital Storytelling Training Project with Sisonke National Sex Worker Movement Curated by : Thandile Zwelibanzi
(Re)present explores the work of 10 members of Sisonke National Sex Worker Movement. The photographs and digital stories generate insights into how persons involved in sex work (re)present themselves and how they perceive and experience their immediate environment. (Re)present is an invitation to trace private moments in sex workers lives and to engage with the diversity and richness of cultural aesthetics in Johannesburg. The multimodal visual and narrative approaches of (Re)present presents stories of individuals who are both under-represented and highly marginalized, but also provides the public an opportunity to reflect on their lives and the world around them.
About the Photography Facilitator: Thandile Zwelibanzi
Thandile Zwelibanzi born 1987 in Eastern Cape, South Africa and is currently based in Johannesburg. Zwelibanzi is the Sixth recipient of Edward Ruiz Mentorship at the Market Photo Workshop. His body of work, produced as part of the Edward Ruiz Mentorship, has been exhibited extensively, including at the 9th Rencontres de Bamako African Biennial in Mali. In 2010 he was invited to the Salzburg Residency at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Austria. In 2014 he participated in MMCA Residency Changlong and UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries Artists Programme in South Korea. In 2018 Zwelibanzi studied fine arts honours program through the University of Witwatersrand and is also a Wits 2018 recipient of Tierney Fellowship programme. Zwelibanzi has been training photography courses at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg to date.
About the Mobile Journalism Facilitator: Mohammed Tlali
Muhammad Tlali oa Letseng a senior news cameraman with ENCA. Prior has worked as a Video Producer journalist with Thomson Reuters news agency. Tladi is an alumni of former Market Photo Workshop, where he studied photography and worked first as a class coordinator then Instructor Assistant. He then ventured into filmmaking He has directed and co-produce documentary films commissioned and independent. Since 2018 Tlali has been training Mobile Journalism to various organisation's for both Advocacy and visual literacy and storytelling.
About Sisonke National Sex Worker Movement in South Africa
About Sisonke National Sex Worker Movement in South Africa Sisonke is a sex worker led non-profit organisation advocating for the decriminalisation of adult, consented sex work in South Africa, allowing elimination of human rights violations and thereby affording sex workers, a key population an opportunity for full access to healthcare and equality before law.
Sisonke, meaning “Togetherness” is a movement formed by sex workers for sex workers. The organization started after sex workers grew tired of being abused, isolated and suffering human rights violations. It was officially launched in the Western Cape, 2003 and has since established offices in six provinces: Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Limpopo and North West.