Naledi Samantha Mkupa
Naledi Mkupa is a photographer born in the south of Johannesburg in 1994, to a family that originates from the Eastern Cape. She started her photography journey in 2016 when she completed the Foundation Course and the Intermediate Course. She completed the Advanced Programme in Photography in 2018, all at the Market Photo Workshop. Having lived in a predominantly white community all her life, she noticed the inconsistencies of being a black person living in a place originally meant for white people. In her work, she looks at the effects that a particular place can have on the black mind and what that means in the context of post-apartheid South Africa. She considers herself a social commentator, speaking on issues that affect black South Africans. As much as she believes photography cannot change the world she believes it is a means of observing space and time, documenting and creating conversation on relevant issues.