George Mahashe

June 25, 2016 - September 4, 2016
Top floor
       Arts Foundation / Projects


Artist in residence George Mahashe.

Extending on his Camera Obscura project, and contributing to ongoing A4 research on and around Buitenkant Street, Mahashe attempts to render 23 Buitenkant into a series of pinhole cameras.


George Mahashe was born in Bolobedu at Ga-kgapane in1982. He first practiced photography as an assistant to the local roaming photographer. In 2004 he graduated with a B-tech in commercial photography, going on to work as a fashion photographer.

His first solo exhibition titled “Gae Lebowa” opened in 2010 at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. In the same year he went on to study South African ethnography and approaches to culture at Witswatersrand University, consolidating his interests in anthropology and photography.

In 2012 Mahashe was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree for his interactive photographic installation, Dithugula tša Malefokana: Seeing Other People’s Stories, Telling Tall Tales, which explores the photographic medium’s materiality.

In 2013 he was nominated for the Foam Paul Huf award, in the same period he received the IFA Artist Contact award to peruse his photography interests in Berlin, Germany. Currently Mahashe is a PhD Fine Art candidate at the University of Cape Town. He is also the head photographer for Visual Uprising Communication, a photography company he started in 2005.


Francis Burger

Associated institutions:
Archive and Public Culture Initiative (APC)
Centre for Curating the Archive (CCA)


︎ George Mahashe