Announcing the recipient of the democraSEE 2 award - Jody Brand

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Photo: is proud to announce the Recipient of democraSEE 2.

Jody Brand

Brand is the recipient of the democraSEE 2 award. With the R40,000 grant, she will work in collaboration with a mentor/curator of choice, to produce a body of work over the next year. Further, she will be supported through critique sessions with various appointed subject and practice experts, as well as support from Photo:. On completion, the work will be published on

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.

Brand was announced the recipient of the award at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair on 17 Feb 2018. The shortlist included Matt Kay (South Africa) and Mauro Vombe (Mozambique).

For more information about the shotlisted candidates, please click here 

Notes from the selection panel:
John Fleetwood:
The work is deeply invested, an urgent conviction. Relevant for a region that struggles with questions of otherness. Her questions go beyond simplistic colonialisms, nationalisms. It is really complex in its simplicity.

Jo Ractliffe:
I found Jody’s entry very compelling. There’s real grit here; her work is declarative, unapologetic, on her own terms. And that, I think, takes courage.

Sarita Lydia Mamseri:
Powerful concepts. There is a real strength in her body of work and proposal, dealing with very pertinent issues. Provoking.

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.

For more information on the shortlisted candidates and the selection panel, please click here

For more information, please contact Amy Daniels

Posted 17 Feb 2018