She Bad Bad Curated by Fulufhelo Mobadi

She Bad Bad is a photographic exhibition for emerging black female photographers in South Africa. The title is a celebration of their strength, courage and diversity, coined from the colloquial term “bad bitch”, She Bad Bad describes women whose photography re-imagines conceptual works of art through lived experiences. These are the “Bad bitches” of the industry.

As part of the Africa 2020 season, Les Rencontres d’Arles and the French Institute (Paris) awarded Fulufhelo Mobadi the first Curatorial Research grant – Africa Projects in 2019 for her project She Bad Bad. This grant included, in addition to the curatorial research, the production and presentation of She Bad Bad at les Rencontres d’Arles in 2020 but due to Covid 2019 the exhibition could not take place. The French Institute (Paris) then asked the French Institute of South Africa – IFAS to present She Bad Bad in Johannesburg. IFAS is partnering with the Market Photo Workshop to organise the exhibition She Bad Bad, which will be presented at the Photo Workshop gallery from Saturday (19 June – 12 August 2021). The access to this exhibition will be free of charge.


Contributing Photographers

Bongiwe Phakathi
Brittany Zoe Masters
Nonzuzo Qxekwa
Noncedo Qxekwa
Manyatsa Monyomane
Lebogang Tlhako
Mandisa Buthelezi
Tshepiso Moropa
Thalente Khomo
Fezeka Mophethe

About Les Rencontres d’Arles

The Rencontres d’Arles, an annual photography festival, was founded in 1970 by the Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, the writer Michel Tournier and the historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette. Photography is then considered a “minor” art and has not acquired its letters of nobility. The Arles festival will greatly contribute to its institutional recognition, and from a simple meeting between lovers of photography, it will become, over the years, a major cultural event.

About Fulu

FULUFHELO MOBADI  is a South African photographer and curator from Johannesburg South Africa. She is a graduate of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme at the Market Photo Workshop. Her curatorial and photographic practice focuses on the day-to-day struggles of women within contemporary South Africa and the African continent more broadly. Fulufhelo currently works as the Coordinator for Courses and Training at the Market Photo Workshop and has also been awarded the Curatorial Research Grant for Rencontres Arles- Africa Project 2020. She is currently the second recipient for the Arak Collection set to be exhibited in Doha 2022.

Bafana Zembe Caption

Founding Director of Nazo Arts, Bafana Zembe, is based in Johannesburg and works as an artist, curator and educator.

TAIV Fam Zithini?!

Photographer Nonzuzo Gxekwa and visual artist Tshepiso Moropa got together to make some magic. Below Moropa speaks about why she is drawn to Gxekwa’s work.


Meet Brittany Zoë Masters

A photographer from Johannesburg who specialises in collage making, using her family archive as a place to draw inspiration. Masters is part of the She Bad Bad group exhibition, which is currently showing at the Market Photo Workshop

SPECIAL EPISODE : Puleng Mongale x Sisterbozza inConversation

A week back we asked you to help us gather questions we could ask @sisterbozza, who recently came back from France.While there, she was showcasing her work Sibadala Sibancane. In conversation with fellow artist Puleng Mongale, the two talk candidly about language barrier when it comes to open calls, Sisterbozza’s process and what their definition is of the term She Bad Bad. This and more on this dope 30some minute chat. You’ll definitely enjoy it. Listen with a friend.This content is part of an ongoing series in collaboration with the She Bad Bad team, the Market Photo Workshop, Nazo! Arts and


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