B. Namibia, 1992
B. Nambia 1992
Kyle Weeks’s work is principally concerned with challenging the portrayal of African communities in Western society. His photographs capture a burgeoning youth culture that is creative and optimistic, whilst remaining critical of photography’s historical use as a means of subjection and misinterpretation.
Producing works and portraits characterized by vibrant colours and bold poses, Weeks’ work actively engages with contemporary ideas of a new Africa. His first solo exhibition, Ovahimba Youth Self Portraits, exhibited in 2014 at the Joburg Art Fair, was widely acclaimed for its empowering depictions of the Ovahimba people. Allowing the young men to control the way their portraits were taken by giving them control of the camera’s shutter release, Weeks’ photographs represent the hybridisation of Ovahimba culture. The portraits allow for a greater nuance in the depiction of cultural traditions and contemporary cultural identity.
His 2015 series depicting Palm Wine harvesters in his native Namibia, pictured farmers from the Himba population in the process of preparing and maintaining the Makalani palms to make palm wine, which has been a tradition in the Kunene region of Namibia for generations. Weeks’ portraits convey the bravery and deep sense of pride that this group of men feel while carrying out their precarious treetop work.
Born in Namibia in 1992, Kyle Weeks received his Bachelor of Arts in Photography from the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography in South Africa in 2013. In 2016, he was the winner for the Single Image category at the Magnum photography awards. His work has been featured in numerous publications including Time Magazine, Dazed, i-D, and Magnum Photography amongst others.
Weeks works and lives between Europe and Africa.
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