Mandisa Buthelezi is a photographer and filmmaker who was raised in the township of Umlazi, in Durban.
With a portfolio that communicates the rural voice, and an appreciation and respect for the culture that has informed her perspective, she is keen on providing film and photographic content that is country-life centered, and challenges the notions of identity and spirituality. The importance of cataloguing and documenting African culture through visual art has become an important component of her work through work assignments.
Buthelezi’s achievements include taking part in the 2016 Studio Vortex residency, being exhibited at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in 2016 in a group exhibition titled AMANDLA! A Celebration of South African Women Photographers, and at the Semaphore Gallery in Switzerland under the group exhibition titled ANOMALIES.
She was also runner up for Open Society Foundation’s Social Justice through The Lens Competition in June 2016. Buthelezi recently completed a year-long Market Photo Workshop Incubator Programme, working on a body of work focusing on African spirituality & personal identity titled Egecekeni.