Sabelo Mlangeni (born 1980 in Driefontein. He lives and works in Johannesburg South Africa)
– Is your photographic art work committed to dealing with the context in which you live?
– How does your photography integrate the evolution of your society?
My work challanges a viewer; like in this body of work Country Girls. In our society we are taught that a man should present himself in certain way and seeing a man in a dress shifts the way we think and are taught to think. It is political and confrounts issues of homophobia.
– Are the marks of the past influencing your way of taking photographs? If they do, how do history and collective memory affect your work?
It depends on the story I am working on. Some are influenced by the past, some witness what is happening in some part of South Africa today. As a young South african born between the old apartheid regieme and the new South Africa so I find myself caught up in the past and present.