Musa N. Nxumalo’s work dives deep into black alternative youth culture in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city. His exuberant nightlife images carry an energy and enthusiasm that can only be shown by someone who is living, growing, and discovering themselves in that same world. Nxumalo’s photographs, showing his peers’ fashion choices and the music they listen to, work to challenge prevailing social and racial stereotypes within South African culture, and give voice to discontented youth within his community who are trying to express themselves freely. “Because racism is a form of grave stupidity,” he says, “my work intends to dispel these tendencies anywhere in the world where the work can reach.”1
SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, Musa N Nxumalo: 16 Shots, 16 to 29 April, 2017.
SMAC Gallery, 1-54 London, 3 to 6 October, 2019.