Lerato Dumse


South Africa · Photography

South African visual activists Thembela Dick and Lerato Dumse were awarded the 2018 Afield mentorship programme for their initiative Fundisanani (Teaching Each Other).

Fundisanani gives its participants – mostly young black females – a platform to capture their daily lives, express themselves and produce their own narrative.

As low education and high level of unemployment in South Africa mostly affect black females, this visual literacy initiative aims at increasing women’s participation in photography and writing.

Through Fundisanani, they acquire practical media skills that can later be used to earn a living and be self-sufficient. Celebrating 24 years of democracy in South Africa, the project also wishes to build an archive to learn about the national history through an alternate and personal perspective.

In 2018, Lerato and Thembela were mentored for 18 months by 2016 fellow Zanele Muholi, with the goal of training a group of young individuals who can later become teachers themselves, while giving them the chance to publish their works.

Fundisanani aims at creating a virtuous cycle of collaborations and dissemination of skills and knowledge.

Lerato Dumse & Thembela Dick Afield Peer 2018

Thembela Dick & Lerato Dumse at a workshop with mentor Zanele Muholi, 2017.

Lerato Dumse & Thembela Dick Afield Peer 2018

Workshop session in 2017.

Lerato Dumse is a journalist, writer, copy editor, photographer and director of Du Love Media. She focuses her reporting on political realities facing Black lesbians in South Africa. Dumse is a co-facilitator of the 2017–18 Photo XP, training fellow Black lesbians from various townships in writing and photography.

Lerato Dumse Afield Peer 2018

Lerato Dumse.

Thembela Dick (Cape Town, 1986) is a young black photographer and filmmaker and LGBTIAQ+ activist. She first studied photography with Zanele Muholi at the Market Photo Workshop (Newtown, Johannesburg) before facilitating numerous media trainings and workshops. In 2017, she co-founded Terra Dick Production (TD/P). She uses the camera to tell and document the stories of others and share their experience.

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