“black(human)Zoo”: A photo series by Sandile Malinga, Thero Makepe, Zana Masombuka, and Misa Makwakwa Masokameng

Creating in art spaces always seems so difficult from the outside looking in, but for Sandile Malinga, Thero Makepe, Zana Masombuka and me it was as easy as tea. Just before Zana and I went to the AFI Mercedes Benz Fashion Week of Cape Town, the four of us sat for tea at Lola’s Cafe on Long Street. By blending our talents and bouncing around ideas, we cl a story through photography and prose.

black(human)Zoo“: a photo series

Black people, more specifically black bodies, are integral to the foundation of whiteness. They build the power and wealth of white communities. Cultural appropriation leaves individuals seemingly trapped into white social settings.

Through social stresses of the womanhood and race, black women become the personification of negative energy. However the unscrupulous review and scrutiny women endure likens them to acts that were part of the many human zoos common in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The liberation from such spaces is juxtaposed by self-inflicted violence, loss, destruction, and eventually self-awareness.


Sandile Malinga (Photographer – Creative Direction)
Thero Makepe (Photographer – Art Direction)
Zana Masombuka (Model – Creative Direction)
Misa Makwakwa Masokameng (Poet – Art Direction)

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