Interstice, Arles, France

Plastic Crowns, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa


Paris Photo, Grand Palais éphémère, Paris, France
Photo Slam!, Arles Photo Encounters
Congo Biennale, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
RESTUDIO, Johannesburg, South Africa

2020 – 2021
NGV Triennial, NGV, Melbourne, Australia
Welcome Home Vol.II, Macaal, Marrakesh, Morocco

The Matter, Off Dakar Biennale, Dakar, Senegal (cancelled)
154 Contemporary African Art Fair, La Mamounia, Marrakesh, Morrocco

Paris Photo, MAGNIN-A/ AFRONOVA GALLERY, Grand palais, Paris
La Biennale de Lubumbashi VI, Lubumbashi, Congo
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, AFRONOVA GALLERY, Somerset House, London, UK
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, AFRONOVA GALLERY,iNDUSTRIA, New York, USA

2018 – 2019
Not the Usual Suspects, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, AFRONOVA GALLERY, Somerset House, London, UK
CAP Prize 2018  Winners Exhibition,Theaterplatz, Basel, Switzerland
AFROTOPIA, Curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, Afrika Museum, Berg En Dal, The nederlands
African Passions, Evora Africa, Cadaval Palace, Evora, Portugal
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, AFRONOVA GALLERY,Pioneer Works, New York, USA
Investec Cape Town Art Fair,
AFRONOVA GALLERY, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

Bamako Encounters, 11th Edition, AFROTOPIA, Bamako, Mali
Paris Photo, MAGNIN-A/ AFRONOVA GALLERY, Grand palais, Paris
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, AFRONOVA GALLERY, Pioneer Works, New York, USA

Published by Thames and Hudson

Published by Diptyk Magazine

Published by Heni Publishing

Published by Nataal

Published by Extra Extra Magazine

Published by Diptyk Magazine

French and English
Published by Dilecta Editions

Published by Aperture Magazine

Published by Market Photo Workshop

No longer underappreciated: South African women photographers seize the limelight, Cur8 art, July 2021

Othman Lazraq, director of MACAAL in Marrakech (an interview), Confidential Fine Arts, January 2021

NGV Triennial gets under the skin with contemporary African visions, The Age, December 2020

Photographie : « Africa 21e siècle », panorama captivant du continent, Jeune Afrique, October 2020

Leading African photographers You Should Know, Momo Africa, November 2020

Africa State of Mind. Contemporary Photography Reimagines a Continent, We make Money not Art, June 2020

Five Artists to Follow on Instagram Now, The New York Times, April 2020

Is There an Ideal Age to Be an Artist?, Elephant, April 2020

‘A queer person can be anybody’: the African photographers exploring identity, The Guardian, March 2020

Celebrating the collective consciousness of contemporary African photography, Hero Magazine, March 2020

Oath, A Photography Pledge – Creating a Landscape of Print for African Photographers, Bubblegumclub, February 2020

1-54 Contemporary Africain Art fair : le tour d’Afrique sans bouger de Marrakech, La Vie éco, February 2020

1-54 Marrakech: que collectionner, Diptyk Magazine, February 2020

Oath, A Photography Pledge – Creating a Landscape of Print for African Photographers, BubbleGumClub, February 2020

Born Free?, Nataal, December 2019

Young local artists that have wowed the world in 2019, Times Live, December 2019

Our Ten Favorite Pieces at Frieze and Beyond, Vice Magazine, October 2019

Phumzile Khanyile interroge l’image de la femme dans les Townships de Johannesburg, Virtute, June 2019

Expert view: Seven leading African photographers from across the continent, CNN, April 2019

Announcing the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass Nominees, World Press Photo, March 2019

Not the Usual Suspects, Vogue Italy, January 2019

Athi-Patra Ruga Headlines 1-54 Art Fair, Elle Decoration, October 2018

154 Art Fair at Somerset House: a guide to the Contemporary African Art Show, The Evening Standard, October 2018

Festival : les étoiles africaines brillent à Évora, Le Point Afrique, August 2018

Sapeurs, silks and selfies: African contemporary arts – in pictures, The Guardian, August 2018

Phumzile Khanyile on discovering her Womanhood, Elephant Magazine, July 2018

Contemporary African Photography Prize Winners announced, British Journal of Photography, June 2018

Evora Africa: crossing continents, The Financial Times, June 2018

African Passions: Beyond Geography, History and Bodies, Elephant, May 2018

The Historic Portuguese City of Évora Celebrates Contemporary Art from Africa, Widewalls, May 2018

Portfolio : CAP Prize, l’avenir de la photographie africaine en 25 photographes, Numéro, May 2018

Top 13 des meilleures photos du prix pour la Photographie Contemporaine Africaine, Phototrend, May 2018

Si Grand-Mère me voyait…, Diptyk, May 2018

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair: the female gaze, Financial Times, May 2018

Whitewaller New York 2018: What You Need to Know about 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Whitewaller New York Frieze Issue, May 2018

1-54 Art Fair to Bring a Diverse Set of African Perspectives Together in New York, Widewalls, April 2018

Celebrating Traditions, Aesthetica Magazine, April 2018

Portfolio Phumzile Khanyile, Extra Extra Magazine, Issue 10

Rencontres de Bamako: Afrotopia, nouveaux imaginaires de l’Afrique contemporaine, Geopolis, December 2017

Diapositive Afrotopia, Art Africa Magazine, December 2017

Afrotopia in Pictures, Elephant, November 2017

Les Rencontres de Bamako, Arte, November 2017

Female Photographers at Paris Photo 2017, Collector Daily, November 2017

Aperture Members Celebrate the Launch of « Platform Africa », Aperture, May 2017

Learning Political Lessons at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Hyperallergic, May 2017

The third edition of 1:54 NY Contemporary African Art Fair, The Eye of Photography, May 2017

Phumzile Khanyile, Art Forum, February 2017

Plastic Crowns: a narrative as self-portrait by Phumzile Khanyile, Between 10 and 5, February 2017

Phumzile Khanyile – Plastic Crowns, In Your Pocket, February 2017

When the photographer turns the camera on herself, Sunday Times, April 2016

Plastic Crowns | 2016

For the complete digital catalogue, please contact the gallery

Unresolved | 2017

For the digital catalogue, please contact the gallery

Phumzile Khanyile

Born in Soweto in 1991. Lives and works in Johannesburg.

Phumzile Khanyile is a Market Photo Workshop graduate. She is the recipient of the 2015 Gisèle Wulfsohn Mentorship in Photography.

A series of self portraits, Plastic Crowns contains a strong narrative expressed through a striking visual language. Khanyile’s work explores aspects of women’s lives through evocations of her own experiences; breaking down social taboos in its explicit exploration of sexual politics. There is little distinction between her craft and her own life in the images, which read like a private journal of informal snap shots made public. Her gritty aesthetic, characterized by harsh shadows, soft focus and lush textures, lends her work it’s notable emotive quality.

Since her debut exhibition at the Market Photo Workshop in 2017, Khanyile’s has been extensively featured in the press, The Financial Times, Aperture, The British Journal of Photography, Elephant, Art Africa Magazine. She has also been part of several exhibitions including AFROTOPIA, at the African Photography Encounters in Bamako; at the Africa Museum in Bergen Dal; Not the Usual Suspects, at Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town and Evora Africa, African Passions, at Palacio Cadaval in Evora. Her work features already in local and international collections, in Europe and the US.

Phumzile has been awarded the 2018 CAP Prize and has recently won the De Pietri Artphilein Foundation Photobook project. She was part of the prestigious NGV Triennale 2020 and more recently of the exhibition Dress Code at the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation in Arles, France, during the Arles Photo Encounters 2022.