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Seleke's Orlando 

© Tshepiso Seleke

I am from Orlando East, Soweto and this significantly informs the narrative of my work – growing up in a dominantly black
neighborhood that has a rich history and also having first-hand experience with many of the struggles and triumphs of the collective black peoples made me passionate about thinking critically about representation because there is a great amount of stories that have been left out regarding black lives and black people in history; because black history has been for a long time hidden, denied and erased and through staging an imaginative space in some of my work it allows me to bring out those unacknowledged identities of black people, the richness of our culture, spirituality, language, and the richness of our skin

My photographical work is a means to empower the self through representation after being oppressed for so long.
Through documentation of the social and economic positionality of black lives I feel my work gives a platform to the marginalized people whose voices are silenced

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