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Projected Patterns in Phindile Thengeni’s Latest Instagram Exhibition

Phindile Thengeni


Phindile Thengeni is a Johannesburg-based creative who has cleverly taken full advantage of the benefits of social media to launch her burgeoning styling career through Instagram – or more specifically through a series of Instagram exhibitions titled Does This Suit Me. We interviewed her last year where she revealed how the idea came about. She says, “I needed a platform to establish myself as a stylist using what I had and as such I was coming across problems such as female stylists not wanting to work with me and the male stylists wanting to take me to bed to get a gig. Following the form of putting my work in a gallery was also an idea but the process was going to take too long for me. So I figured that I had social platforms that could take a click of a button and my friends would get to share with their friends and I could kick the fashion world with a bit of a different bang, not just a bang you know. Liam Lynch and I had already spoken about this idea ages before, he suggested Andile Biyana and we shot and posted… and the rest is the future, not history as they say.”


Phindile has recently teamed up with photographer Liam Lynch once again to release a new set of images – one in which vibrant retro patterns, some swirling and some geometric, are projected across the bodies of nude female figures. As with her previous series, Phindile distributed these art-full images through her Instagram account.


We got in touch to ask her what the thinking was behind her latest, to which she replied, “The idea behind this instabition was very simple. I have been fascinated by the idea of projection for a long time. Then one day I sat with Liam and explained my idea of projecting prints on different body shapes and sizes and even complexions.


He liked the idea and from there we sourced two models of different shapes, sizes and complexion. Even when it came to the patterns and prints, we sourced different ones that aren’t typical and expected as much.


The thread behind this series is self interpretation. For the first time we decided to not collaborate with a specific someone but rather to collaborate with everyone who is our supporter and spectator. That’s the fun part. People either focus on the body or the print or the combination of both and make what they want from it which is honestly great to see because then it initiates a fair dialogue of interpretation and opinion.”


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