Announcing the democraSEE 1 Shortlist


Photo: is proud to announce the shortlisted candidates for democraSEE 1

Matt Kay
Jody Brand
Georges Senga

The recipient of democraSEE 1 will be announced at the Rencontres de Bamako, Biennale for African Photography on Monday 4 Dec 2017, after 16h00, Bamako, Mali.

For more information about the shortlisted candidates, please see below. Shortlist:

The selection panel for democraSEE 1 consisted of leading regional and international experts: Sammy BalojiDana WhabiraMauro PintoIngrid Masondo and John Fleetwood.

For more information about the selection panel, please see below. Selection panel:

The call for democraSEE 2 is now open and the deadline for submission is 17 Jan 2018.

democraSEE - a new photography award and mentorship platform. democraSEE aims to develop and show important contemporary photography stories and content that deal with social and political issues and imaginaries from the Southern African region. It wants to create a space to acknowledge photographers and photography’s role and position in relation to the world. Furthermore, it intends to support the growth of visual languages in photography.

The recipient of the award will receive:

  • A R40,000 (South African Rand) grant towards the development of an existing or making of a new body of work
  • Mentoring support from an appointed mentor/curator (appointed in consultation with the photographer)
  • Critique sessions with appointed subject and practice experts
  • Ongoing support and mentorship from Photo:
  • Online publication of the completed work on the website

Click here for the website.

democraSEE is a project of Photo:, supported by the Department of Arts and Culture in South Africa as well as the National Arts Council in South Africa and the Photography Education Trust.


Matt Kay

Matt Kay is a photographer based in Durban, South Africa. Kay’s work deals with the deconstruction of narrative, memory and fiction of images linked to his growing up within the South African countryside. He was the 2014 Tierney Fellow, mentored by David Goldblatt, producing a solo exhibition The Front at the Photo Workshop Gallery, Johannesburg, 2015. His work Losing Ground was exhibited as part of the 20th Biel Festival of Photography, Switzerland in 2016. He was nominated for the Paul Huf Award in 2017.



Jody Brand

Jody Brand was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1989; and lives and works there. She has been documenting alternative African realities, wanting to create a future where femme-identified people can flourish. She pursues this through occupying spaces and the radical representation of those who dare to be different. Group shows include Guggenheim Bilbao (2016); The Quiet Violence of Dreams at Stevenson (2016) and Being There at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2017). She is a 2017 recipient of a Thami Mnyele Foundation residency in Amsterdam.



Georges Senga

Georges Senga Assani was born in 1983 and lives in Lubumbashi, DRC. Senga’s work considers the conflicted terrain of identity, heritage and history and how it intersects with memory. He presented Footprint at the 2009 Rencontres Picha Biennale de Lubumbashi and subsequently developed series of works including Kadogos, A life after death and recently Cette maison n’est pas à vendre et à vendre. His work has been shown at the Rencontres Bamako, Kamapala Biennale, Mu.zee in Oostende amongst others.

For more information, please contact Amy Daniels

Posted 01 Dec 2017