She Bad Bad is a photographic exhibition of emerging black female photographers in South Africa. The title is a celebration of their strength, courage and diversity, coined from the colloquial term “bad bitch”. She Bad Bad describes women whose photography re-imagines conceptual works of art through lived experiences. These are the “Bad Bitches” of the industry.

As part of the Africa 2020 season, Les Rencontres d’Arles and the French Institute (Paris) awarded Fulufhelo Mobadi the first Curatorial Research grant – Africa Projects in 2019 for her project She Bad Bad. The grant included curatorial research, the production and presentation of She Bad Bad at Les Rencontres d’Arles in France. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic and restrictions on travel, the French Institute (Paris) resolved to have the work presented in Johannesburg. The French Institute of South Africa partnered with the Market Photo Workshop for the exhibition, which is currently showing at the Photo Workshop Gallery until 27 August 2021.

Concurrent with the exhibition is the She Bad Bad Podcast Series, sponsored by Open Society Foundation for South Africa. This public programme forms part of an annual curatorial thematic at the Market Photo Workshop that focuses on questions of gender and sexuality, presented in partnership with the Open Society Foundation for South Africa. This podcast series is produced in collaboration with This Audio is Visual, a podcast that engages African photographers on their work and journey as image makers.

Contributing Photographers:
Puleng Mongale, Bongiwe Phakathi, Brittany Zoe Masters, Nonzuzo Gxekwa, Noncedo Gxekwa, Manyatsa Monyamane, Lebogang Tlhako, Mandisa Buthelezi, Tshepiso Moropa, Thalente Khomo, and Fezeka Mophethe

Access to this exhibition is free of charge.