IN THEIR ROLE AND INTO THEIR ENVIRONMENT”.
About Monique Pelser: Born in Johannesburg (1976), Pelser completed a course at the Market Photo Workshop, in 1996, before embarking on her fine art studies at Rhodes University. Working across a range of lens-based media, including photography, video and stop-frame animation, she was a finalist on the 2004 Brett Kebble Art Awards and has participated on select group shows in Johannesburg (at Gordart Gallery) and Grahamstown. Her MFA exhibition Roles (2006) was presented at the Alumni Gallery in Grahamstown. She is a lecturer in photography at Rhodes University.
MLANGENI’S ABILITY TO ALLUDE TO, BUT THEN TO DISPENSE
QUICKLY WITH, NOTIONS OF HEROISM.
About Sabelo Mlangeni: Born (1980) in Driefontein, near Piet Retief, Mlangeni moved to Johannesburg in 2001, initially studying photography via correspondence before enrolling at the Market Photo Workshop (MPW). A participant in the exhibition Johannesburg Circa Now (2005), curated by Terry Kurgan and Jo Ractliffe (his MPW mentor), Mlangeni was last year awarded the Edward Ruiz Mentorship, an award offering young photographers an opportunity to develop a substantial body of social documentary work. Invisible Woman, exhibited at the MPW late in 2006, was the result. Currently working as a freelance photographer, Mlangeni is due to hold his first commercial exhibition at Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary Art later in 2007.
I WORK AS A VISUAL ARTIST AND DO
About Zander Blom: Currently based in Johannesburg, Pretoria-born (1982) Blom studied graphic design before pursuing an artistic career. Winner of a Merit Award at the 2003 Sasol New Signatures, he has since participated on numerous group exhibitions. Last year he presented the first of a two-part solo exhibition at Johannesburg’s The Premises gallery. Titled Sounds and Pictures, it offered an overview of his work in progress and studio process. His second exhibition is scheduled for March 10 – 31, 2007 and will include a book and album launch.