b. Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, 1991
Mandisa Buthelezi’s work as a photographer and film director explores identity and spirituality within rural cultures of KwaZulu-Natal. Informed by a commitment to the value of respectfully-produced archives, Buthelezi’s art practice catalogues and preserves aspects of African culture.
2016: Incubation Programme, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg.
2011: National Diploma, Construction management & quantity surveying, Durban University of Technology, Durban.
Group Exhibitions (South Africa)
2016: Social Justice Through The Lens, Breakaway Café, Cape Town.
2016: Ngale, KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), Durban.
2014: Regarding Otherwhere?, KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), Durban.
2014: Have we been heard?, Durban International Convention Centre, Durban.
Group Exhibitions (International)
2017: Anomalies, Semaphore Gallery of African Contemporary Art, Neuchâtel.
2016: AMANDLA! South African Women’s Photographers, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao.
Awards & Residencies
2019: Grant Recipient, National Arts Council of South Africa, (for UBhuku LukaMenzi).
2017 : Grant Recipient, National Arts Council of South Africa, (for Izwi Lami).
2017: Runner up, Open Society Foundation Social Justice Through the Lens Competition, Open Society Foundation for South Africa.
2016: Runner Up, Social Justice Through The Lens Photography Competition, Open Society Foundation for South Africa.
2016: Photography Residency, Studio Vortex, Marseille.