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Jody Brand - Exorsisters, Cape Town (2012)

22 Sep –
28 Feb 2018

Exhibition: Chomma, with work by Jody Brand

During Unseen Amsterdam, 22-24 September 2017, Framer Framed will open the exhibition Chomma in the public hallways of the Tolhuistuin. The exhibition presents the work of South African photographer Jody Brand (Cape Town, 1989). Chomma (a slang term meaning ‘friend’) is also the name of the 2011 online blog Jody created, showcasing her work.

In her photography, Brand documents alternative African realities, driven by her mission to ‘challenge present representations of minorities’. She feels these {mis}representations are oppressive and deny those represented of their complexity and wholesomeness. Her portraits show people who dare to be different in a world not made for them, visualising their multi-layered experiences and personalities. Through carving out space and restoring the agency of her subjects, the artist is determined to create a future where black and brown, queer and femme bodies can flourish and are liberated from daily assault and systematic oppression within South African society.

Artist biography
Jody Brand (1989) is a photographer and art director. She was born in Cape Town and continues to live and work there. In 2011, Brand created an online blog called ‘chomma’, on which she showcases her photography. Brand’s work has previously been selected for Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist’s project 89+ recognising young innovators, and she participated in their presentation at Design Indaba in 2014. Group shows include Making Africa at Vitra Design Museum (2015) and Guggenheim Bilbao (2016); The Quiet Violence of Dreams at Stevenson (2016) and Being There at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris (2017). Her first solo show You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down is at Stevenson gallery in Cape Town until 15 July 2017, before it moves on to be shown at Framer Framed. Jody Brand is a 2017 recipient of a Thami Mnyele Foundation award and residency in Amsterdam.

Exhibition made possible with the support of Thami Mnyele Foundation, Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur & Wetenschap, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Tolhuistuin.

Photography / Queer / South Africa /


Jody Brand