Nkosinathi Khumalo

ARTIST STATEMENT / SYNOPSIS OF WORK

In-Transit is a body of work that looks at spaces that are alongside taxi routes. These are routes that I take twice a day, five to six times a week. Mini-bus taxis in South Africa have designated routes that they take; these routes are set by the taxi association in charge. 

Hence taxi routes become systematic and rarely change. The passenger staring out the window every day sees the same landscape. These spaces become mundane, unless the driver takes a shortcut.

As a frequent commute, eventually these spaces became uninteresting. The only interest becomes the destination rather than the journey. For me, the frame window of a taxi started to become the frame on my camera’s viewfinder. I became fixated with scenes outside the window  as if  they were live billboards.

It is these uninteresting routes that made me photograph these mundane spaces from inside the taxi. The limited control I had over perspective, and the movement of the taxi, was what turned the journey to an interesting place.

Nkosinathi Khumalo – Finalist Biography

Nkosinathi Khumalo is a South African born contemporary photographer from Soweto, Gauteng. He matriculated in 2008 at St Martin de Pores High school.

In 2014, he was the first prizewinner of the Transformation Art Project hosted by Mashumi Arts Projects.

He completed his Advanced Programme in Photography at the Market Photo Workshop. The artist has participated in various group exhibitions such as the VIP Youth Fest exhibition hosted by Live Mag curated by Kalashnikovv Gallery.