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Shown for the first time in Johannesburg, Sabelo Mlangeni’s photographic exhibition Isivumelwano: An Agreement comprises a series of photographs shot at various Southern African wedding ceremonies.

The project began with the documentation of weddings in South African townships, and continued with an exploration of these ceremonies in Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland. The resulting body of work focuses on the beauty and ornate nature of these ceremonies, as well as the traditions and attire that embrace the adaptability of cultures.

Wedding ceremonies in black Southern African cultures are significant gatherings, often with more than one day of celebrations. Isivumelwano looks at the way Southern African cultures have been adapted over the years looking particularly at the amalgamation of African cultural practices and Western white wedding rituals.

The show will travel to Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland between 2013 and 2014.

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