Sydelle Willow Smith
Sydelle Willow Smith is a freelance photographer/ filmmaker born in Johannesburg and based in Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently completing her MSc in African Studies at Oxford University through St Antony’s College. She was was mentored by Dave Southwood and is the 2013 Gisèle Wulfsohn Mentorship recipient.
Soft Walls seeks to deal with convivial relationships between migrated African nationals and South Africans; revealing the subtle ways in which individuals make sense of their experiences; forming relationships and bonds that can challenge dominant perceptions and prejudices and celebrate difference. Sydelle Willow Smith’s photography narrative deals with the tensions between certainty & uncertainty and conviction & distance. Soft Walls is a contemplative and tentative response to Smith’s interactions with and understanding of her subjects that layers the city, the private, and public, framed by questions of belonging and assimilation.
“Chasing shadows and curiosities and remembering and forgetting to respect my elders, standing on the shoulders of giants trying to get my own lens on the world.”
0387. “Because you in a foreign land doesn’t mean you can’t make your shit happen.”
0401. Alzaandre’s mom’s house in Grabouw