Sabelo Mlangeni

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Sabelo Mlangeni (born 22 February 1980) is a South African photographer living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa.[1] His work is held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago,[2] the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,[3] and the Walther Collection.[4]


No Nepa evening with Nonso, Thom, Mike, Daniel and Ruby, 2019

Sabelo Mlangeni was born in 1980 in Driefontein, a village near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga, South Africa.[5]


  • Sabelo Mlangeni: Umlindelo wamaKholwa. Johannesburg: Wits Art Museum, 2018. ISBN 978-0-620-79786-3.


Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2006 Invisible Women, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2007   Invisible Women, Warren Siebrits Contemporary Morden Art, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2010   This is Our Time, Brodie/Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2010   Men Only/At Home, Brodie/Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2011   Ghost Towns, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2012   Country Girls, Aceberg Projects, Chicago, USA
  • 2012  Black Men in Dress and Iimbali, Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2015   No Problem, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2016   Heartbreaker, artSPACE, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2017   Kholwa: The Longing of Belonging, Museum of Archeology, Cambridge, UK
  • 2018   Invisible Women, Memorial Dr. Antonio Agostinho Neto, Luanda, Angola
  • 2018   Umlindelo wamaKholwa, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2020   The Royal House of Allure, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa[6]

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2008  Look Away, South African Photography Today, Kuckei+Kuckei, Berlin, Germany
  • 2010 I am not afraid, The Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa
  • 2010  Afropolis: City, Media, Art, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne, Germany
  • 2010 Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria
  • 2011  Possible Cities: Africa in photography and video, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 2011  Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography, V&A Museum, London, UK
  • 2011  Appropriated Landscapes, Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany
  • 2011  Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria
  • 2011  9th Rencontres de Bamako African Photography Biennale, Mali
  • 2012  Centre photographie de la de Franse, Paris, France
  • 2012  Recontres Picha Biennale de Lumbumbashi (Lubumbashi Biennale), DRC
  • 2013  The Unexpected Guest, Liverpool Biennale exhibition, Liverpool, UK
  • 2013  Present Tense, Calouse Gulbenkian French Delegation, Paris, France
  • 2013  Present Tense, Calouse Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2013  Distance and desire: Encounters with African Archive, Walther Collection, Neu Ulm, Germany
  • 2013  Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
  • 2014  Apartheid and After at Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2014  Public Intimacy: Art and Social Life in South Africa at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
  • 2015  Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
  • 2015 Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, Museum Africa, Johannesburg
  • 2016  SEX, Stevenson, Johannesburg
  • 2016  Close to Home: New Photography from Africa, The Walther Collection Project Space, New York
  • 2017  Urban Cadence: Street Scenes from Lagos and Johannesburg, Gund Gallery, Ohio
  • 2017  Recent Histories – New African Photography and Video Art, Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany
  • 2018  Tell Freedom. 15 African artists, Kunsthal KAde, Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • 2018  Invisible Women at Memorial Dr. Antonio Agostinho Neto, Luanda, Angola
  • 2018  About Whose Land Have I Lit On Now? At Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
  • 2018  Africa State of Mind, curated by Ekow Eshun, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK
  • 2018   Both, And, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2018  Hacer Noche (Crossing Night), Centro Cultural Santo Domingo, Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico
  • 2018  open agenda, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2018  Recent Histories – New African Photography and Video Art from the Walther Collection, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
  • 2019  Mating Birds Vol.2, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
  • 2019  Crossing Night: Regional Identities x Global Context, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, USA
  • 2019  The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, USA
  • 2019   How to Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine?, Lagos Biennial II, Àkéte Art Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria
  • 2019   the head the hand, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2019   Ngoma: Art and Cosmology, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa


  • 2010  Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria
  • 2012  The Center Photographique d'Ile-de-France, Paris, France
  • 2013  Berlin Fellowship, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
  • 2014  Akademie of art Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • 2015  Afrovibes, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2016  Diep, Haven, Arques la bataille, Normandy, France
  • 2017   Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany
  • 2017  Centre de Art Waza, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2018   Ses Ditze Naus, Ibiza, Spain
  • 2018   A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa


Mlangeni's work is held in the following public and institutional collections:[citation needed]


  1. ^ Warner, Marigold (5 October 2018). "Sabelo Mlangeni's images of South Africa". British Journal of Photography. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Sabelo Mlangeni". Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Sabelo Mlangeni". San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Mlangeni, Sabelo". The Walther Collection. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  5. ^ Mlangeni, Sabelo (2018). Umlinelo wamaKholwa. Johannesburg: Wits Art Museum. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-620-79786-3.
  6. ^ "Au Nigeria, une maison royale, refuge des LGBT persécutés". Le (in French). 2 January 2022. Retrieved 2 January 2022.

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