Sabelo Mlangeni was born in 1980 in Driefontein near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga. In 2001 he moved to Johannesburg where he joined the Market Photo Workshop, graduating in 2004. Recipient of the POPCAP’16 prize for Contemporary African Photography and the Tollman Award for the Visual Arts in 2009. Recent solo projects include Heartbreaker at artSPACE in Auckland, New Zealand (2016). Recent group exhibitions include: Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life at Museum Africa, Johannesburg (2015); Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive at the Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany (2013-2014); Public Intimacy: Art and Social Life in South Africa at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2014); Apartheid and After at Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (2014); the Lubumbashi Biennale (2013); the Liverpool Biennial exhibition The Unexpected Guest (2012); 9th Rencontres de Bamako African Photography Biennial in Mali and the Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria (both 2011); Appropriated Landscapes at the Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany (2011) and Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at the V&A Museum, London (2011).
Upcoming shows: “Big City” in Recent Histories – New African Photography at Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany, 7 May 2017
Kholwa at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 13 June 2017
Residency at Waza, centre d’art Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 15 July 2017.