I am ANDYMKOSI, a Creative Entrepreneur. My work reflects and interprets life as it exists. It is an extension of the reflexive exploration of the world around me, a way of understanding my own lived experience as a black woman from the township and presents my observations with startling sincerity. As a result of wanting to understand Documentary Photography, I left Cape Town to take a course at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg, after having taught myself a myriad of digital media skillsets.
When I began photographing the one thing I always leaned towards, was working with fellow creatives and documenting their journey for archives sake. I have had the pleasure of spending time and documenting some of South Africa's finest talents like Zoe Modiga, Thesis ZA, Neo Muyanga, Lira, Lefifi Tladi and more.
My services have been rendered across industries, organizations publications and individuals. Namely Puma SA, Standard Bank, The Forge, African Centre For Cities, ADOBE, Mail & Guardian, Newframe, Primedia Broadcasting and Branson Centre to name a few.
Recently I was assigned as a documenter for musician Nakhane's homecoming, after not performing on South African stages for two years. In 2017 one of my photographs accompanied Koleka Putuma's poetry anthology Collective Amnesia, as a cover. Alongside the best seller anthology, the image took its own centre and has become iconic since! HAHA!
I have exhibited alongside award-winning photographer Neo Ntsoma as a result of a week-long workshop in Cape Town, 2018. Ultimately, the work resulted in a group exhibition titled Inequality: A Different Picture, and was shown both in Cape Town’s Company Gardens and Johannesburg’s Constitutional Hill during Human Rights Day 2019. Furthermore, the exhibition continues to visit various institutions.
Together with filmmaker and writer Tseliso Monaheng, we produce an award nominated visual arts podcast called This Audio is Visual
engaging visual artists across Africa and the Diaspsora. We were nominated by the African Podcast and Voice Awards for 2022 under the Arts category.
In my quest to explore space I curate musical experiences, the 1st experience is called The Bedroom Tour incepted in 2017 as a result of my frustrations about not resonating with the club and clubbing space at the time. Myself and a 2-piece band, took the music to the homes of our fans and family members, for an intimate musical experiences. In 2020, I launched a project called Queer Audio is Visual, which aims to make visible visual arts in the Queer community of South Africa. Our first guest was actor and musician Mandisa Nduna.
I do a lot of lovely stuff. I too cannot remember all of them sometimes, but let's connect and make more?!