Coinciding with “Platform Africa,” Aperture is pleased to present a series of limited-edition prints by artists featured in the issue.


Jabulani Dhlamini’s series uMama (2012–13) intimately explores the lives of single mothers in various South African townships. His tender portraits of mothers and their homes honor and celebrate the role that single mothers have while also highlighting broader social issues of economic struggle, gender norms, and perceptions of domesticity in contemporary South African society. And in his images of the young boys raised by these mothers, Dhlamini draws from his own upbringing and contemplates what it means to become an adult in a fatherless home.


Jabulani Dhlamini was born in Warden, Free State in 1983; he lives and works in Johannesburg. Dhlamini majored in documentary photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg and he was the recipient of the Edward Ruiz Mentorship 2011/12. Dhlamini’s work focuses on his upbringing, as well as the way he views contemporary South Africa. 


 

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