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Musa Nxumalo

Photographer Musa Nxumalo (1986, Soweto) lives and work in and around Johannesburg, South Africa. Nxumalo first came into the spotlight as the recipient of the fourth Edward Ruiz Award 2008 with his debut exhibition ‘Alternative Kidz’ in 2009. Musa’s startling black and white photographs portray urban black youth who identify with alternative culture. Nxumalo re-presents and repositions not only mainstream South African youth culture, but also the ability of alternative counter-culture to react against social stereotyping. In this context, alternative culture is both culturally dissonant and individually liberating. Musa draws inspiration from an eclectic mix of local and international bands and photographers, but manages to present a unique, powerful vision of his social scene.

His works has been shown in artspaces in South Africa and Europe. Selected exhibitions: Michael Stevenson Gallery, Woodstock – Cape Town (2009); …for those who live in it, MU project space, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2010); Atri Reportage festival, Italy (2010); Us, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2010) Afronova gallery, Braamfontein (2010), Short Change, Market Photo Workshop Gallery, Newtown – Johannesburg (2009).

http://www.musanxumalo.com