It’s Youth Month and we wanted to take some time to celebrate 4 young South African artists who creating great work, that is inspiring and overturning stereotypes.
Karabo Poppy is a Pretoria-based illustrator, graphic designer, street artist and brand ambassador for the Open Window Institute. She has worked numerous brands, such as Woolworths, Nike, Calvin Klein, Adidas and Castle Lager to name a few. Her illustration titled, “Audacity” was part of this years Google Doodle for International Woman’s Day and she just recently illustrated a cover for this months issue of Marie Claire SA.
Karabo’s designs and illustrations are geometric, expressive and feature bold colours. Her work carries elements of Afrofuturism and tribalism, which speaks to her to her need to create work that is uniquely South African and preserving the culture that she holds close to her heart.
Hana Jayne Sho:
Hanna Jayne Sho is photographer, visual artist, model and student at The Cape Town Creative Academy, where she is studying motion design. Hana is represented by My Friend Ned and has appeared in campaigns for Samsung, H&M, Superbalist and KFC.
As a photographer, Hana’s work plays in multiple genres – portraiture, fashion, editorial and documentary. Her work is soft, pensive and the soft texture one often sees in images shot with film. Her series, “Boys in the Light” was featured in contemporary South African magazine, Bubblegum Club. The series features her friends bathed purple and yellow lights, seemingly getting ready for a night out in the town.
Neo Sereti is a South African fashion designer challenging expression and masculinity through his contemporary athleisure brand, Nao Sereti. Neo’s designers are bold, alive with colour attitude and sparkle (literally).
Nao’s work has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Bullet Magazine and Vogue. He also recently created a collection for the Steers Kinging showcase, alongside other talented South African artists.
Kyle Weeks is a Namibian born photographer based in Cape Town and Amsterdam. He is the co-founder of Cape Collective Assist, a collective that helps aspiring photographers in Cape Tow access development programs. Kyle’s work made striking by its effortless nature, his work challenges representation of contemporary Africa. He engages African narratives through landscapes and portraiture without alienating the subject or imposing his views.
Kyle has a long list of awards and accolades to his name – in 2016 he was the winner of Magnum Photography Award, in 2017 he placed second in the IPF Photo Prize and was also nominated in the Creative Review Zeitgeist Award. His work has been featured in Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Time Magazine.
Sindiso Nyoni is a Zimbabwean born activist, illustrator, street artist and graphic designer based in Johannesburg. He’s a graduate of the University of Johannesburg, with a BTech in Graphic Design. Sindiso’s work is bold, graphic and strongly inspired by the elements of political poster design.
He has worked with Universal Pictures, Adidas Football, Nike Football, Woolworths, Vodacom, etc. Sindiso also uses his voice as an artist to challenge injustices and speak about the social issues that frustrate him with Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Young people keep the creative industry exciting and evolving by bringing new ideas and new ways seeing and doing things.