Lindokuhle Sobekwa at Tate Modern, London


Lindokuhle Sobekwa will be in conversation with curator Renée Mussai for the John Kobal Foundation Fellowship Lecture ‘Retracing Memory: Going Deeper’. The talk will explore how his photography connects lived experiences and ancestral narratives to the wider socio-political fabric of contemporary South Africa and beyond.

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Wednesday 8 May
18:30–20:00 BST

Tate Modern
Star Cinema
Bankside
London SE1 9TG

About I carry Her photo with Me

Lindokuhle Sobekwa began this project after finding a family portrait with his sister Ziyanda’s face cut out. He describes her as a secretive, rebellious, and rough presence, and recalls the dark day when she chased him and he was hit by a car: she disappeared hours later and returned only a decade later, ill. By this time Sobekwa had become a photographer and realized the family had no picture of her: ‘One day I saw this beautiful light coming in through the window shining on her face. I lifted up the camera to catch the moment and she shot me an evil look and said: “Stop! If you take that picture I’m going to kill you!” So I lowered my camera. I still wish I had taken the shot.’ Ziyanda died soon after.

Employing a scrapbook aesthetic with handwritten notes, I carry Her photo with Me is a means for Sobekwa to engage both with the memory of his sister and the wider implications of such disappearances – a troubling part of South Africa’s history. The book complements his wider work on fragmentation, poverty, and the long-reaching ramifications of apartheid and colonialism across all levels of South African society.

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