Aperture is pleased to release a new limited-edition photograph by the artist Jamal Nxedlana on the occasion of the Orlando issue of Aperture Magazine Curated by Tilda Swinton. 


A photographer, artist, and creative director of the South African– based platform Bubblegum Club, Jamal Nxedlana is fascinated by the intersections of fashion and street culture in Johannesburg. For his collaboration with FAKA—known as Fela Gucci and Desire Marea—he took the interdisciplinary artist duo to Times Square in Yeoville, a neighborhood in Johannesburg known to some as an “intergalactic spiritual portal.” Nxedlana styled FAKA for their urban odyssey with spectacular dresses that reference Brenda Fassie, the South African singer and queer icon. Not unlike the title character in Orlando, FAKA’s looks transcend gender, race, and class binaries using uncategorized clothing, makeup, and hairstyles. Together, they escape the con nes of linearity as gures from the ongoing past, becoming somehow all genders, all ages, all times, all at once.


Nxedlana’s work has been featured in ArtNet News, Vogue Italia,Complex, and Vice, and in Aperture’s 2018 Summer Open The Way We Live Now. Bubblegum Club, under the direction of Nxedlana, has collaborated on projects with the British Council, Goethe-Institut, and Afropunk Festival, and has worked with clients such as Adidas. Nxedlana also will be included in Antwaun Sargent’s book The New Black Vanguard: Photography betwee Art and Fashion, to be published by Aperture in fall 2019. 

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