In memory of Thabiso
21 July 1981 – 15 Oct 2014
Thabiso Sekgala, a South African photographer, was born in 1981 in Johannesburg. He studied at the Market Photo Workshop in 2007 to 2008 and was awarded the Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop in 2010. Sekgala has had solo exhibitions in Johannesburg (The Goodman Gallery), Berlin and Brussels and has shown in group shows internationally, he was a leading photographer of the South African season in France in 2013 (Photo Quai, Arles and la Maison Rouge). In 2013 he had residencies in both the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, and at HIWAR/Durant Al Funun, Jordan. In 2014, he was part of the collaboration with Kalpesh Lathigra, the main commission for the Joburg Photo Umbrella co-commissioned by the Market Photo Workshop, Photoworks, The Space for Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 and the Joburg Photo Umbrella, Johannesburg 2014. The project was commissioned by the British Council Connect ZA as part of of SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 which is partnership between the Department of Arts & Culture, South Africa and the British Council. His work focuses on South African communities facing the long shadow of apartheid and explores themes of abandonment and memory.
Thabiso was actively mentoring the most gifted students of the Of Soul and Joy Photography Project; he was a true believer in such projects initiated in South Africa.