• "It's about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception. You can find pictures anywhere. It's simply a matter of noticing things and organising them. You just have to care about what's around you.”

     

    - Nonzuzo Gxekwa

  • Nonzuzo Gxekwa’s optic is loving. It’s not simply that she chooses to focus on moments of self love—the way people occupy themselves—but that in the taking, her subjects are never wholly circumscribed. There is always space to manoeuvre. The title of her exhibition, Life is Beautiful (2020), is not simply a conscious decision to focus on that which brings joy, but an awareness of our agency in the construction thereof and its capacity to overcome. As described by Ashraf Jamal, photographs “negate chronology, they confect it, altering what we recall and what we imagine. They are dreaming tools, never facts … What matters is not the thing seen, but what it affirms in the moment of seeing"... Read more.

     

    - Sven Christian

  • Inside Nonzuzo Gxekwa's Time Machine, Mail & Guardian

    Inside Nonzuzo Gxekwa's Time Machine

    Mail & Guardian

    Time is significant to the images Nonzuzo Gxekwa makes. Occupying conventions of portraiture and street photography, and sometimes unsettling these genres altogether, Gxekwa’s photographs tend to wrestle past and present as she captures the bricolage of city life in Johannesburg.

     

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  • Nonzuzo Gxekwa, Republik | The City Diary

    Nonzuzo Gxekwa

    Republik | The City Diary

    Through the visual excerpts we see ourselves in all these people and in these moments. I like the idea of ​​enjoying the captured moment for myself. But I also like the idea that someone else sees this moment too and puts it together into a story of its own.

     

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  • Nonzuzo Gxekwa, Oath Magazine

    Nonzuzo Gxekwa

    Oath Magazine

    Nonzuzo Gxekwa's work is included within the first volume of Oath Magazine, a bi-annual publication that celebrates and promotes emerging photographers from across the African continent.

     

    Find out more here.

  • “Photography is inescapably a memorial art. It selects, out of the flow of time, a moment to be preserved, with the moments before and after falling away like sheer cliffs.”

    – Teju Cole

  • African Lens, Collector's Edition | Nonzuzo Gxekwa

    African Lens

    Collector's Edition | Nonzuzo Gxekwa

    Collectors Edition is a three volume publication produced by African Lens, an independent publication featuring and celebrating African photographers both in the motherland and across the diaspora. The publication features the work of Nonzuzo Gxekwa.

     

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  • "Ultimately, the main thing remains to be in the right place with another person at the right time. And in these two minutes that I share with this person, something beautiful arises that stays with me when I go home."

    - Nonzuzo Gxekwa