Lives and works in France.‍

Nontsikelelo ‘Lolo’ is a South African photographer most notably recognised for her depiction of black identity, urbanisation and fashion in post-apartheid South Africa.Veleko studied photography at the Market Theatre Photo Workshop(1999–2004), an organisation co-founded by David Goldblatt which aims to provide formal training to young photographers who would have otherwise not have access to such resources. In 2006, her photographs were part of the group exhibition, Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. There, the bold and lively portraits depicting South Africa street style from her series Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder attracted a great deal of attention, shifting previous perceptions of Africa as a whole on an international scale. Alongside this, Veleko has also implemented clothing ‘to deliberately challenge assumptions of identity based on appearances and historical background’. Veleko’s work presents a strong statement of a younger generation that is loud, self-expressive and daring; a collection of youth she strongly relates to. Such sentiments are evident in the photographs resulting from what she considers to be a ‘collaborative process’


Nontsikelelo « Lolo » Veleko est une photographe sud-africain particulièrement reconnu pour sa représentation de l’identité noire, urbanisation et de la mode en Afrique du Sud post-apartheidEn 2006, ses photographies faisaient partie de l’exposition de groupe, les jugements Snap : nouveaux postes dans la photographie africaine contemporaine, à l’International Center of Photography (ICP) à New York. Là, les portraits "BOLD" et animés illustrant le style de la rue de l’Afrique du Sud d’elle série beauté est dans le œil du spectateur a attiré beaucoup d’attention, déplacement des perceptions antérieures de l’Afrique dans son ensemble à l’échelle internationale. Ces photographies encapsulé l’atmosphère politique et sociale de l’Afrique du Sud post-apartheid.À travers l’exploration de ces sujets que Veleko continue d’approfondir et de défier les clichés des perceptions dépassées des sud-africains et des africains dans un contexte plus large, qui ont été largement axée sur les notions de la mode et le mode de vie. Travail de Veleko présente une déclaration forte d’une génération plus jeune qui est fort, auto-expressif et audacieux ; une collection de fortement, elle est liée à la jeunesse. De tels sentiments sont évidents dans les photos résultant de ce qu’elle considère comme un « processus collaboratif.

also known as.Blackenez is a double-edged sword; a world of photography meets visual art. Conceived since the beginning of time we love to bring a vision of this double-edged sword to both ways in ideas, experimentation and collaborations.All photographic work and ideas are made by Nontsikelelo Veleko and collaborators 

Originally from South Africa and based in France Japanese and African.


S‍2008 - Standard Bank Young Artist Award 2008 - Nominated for the KLM Paul Huf Photography Award, Netherlands2007 - International Photography Research Network (IPRN), Residency, Sunderland, UK2007 - Bamako 7th Photography Encounters-Seydou Keita Jury Prize, Bamako, Mali2003 - MTN New Contemporaries, Nominee, Johannesburg South Africa2002 - ProHelvetia - iaab and MPW - 3-month internship, Basel, Switzerland