The winner of the first ARTPHILEIN FOUNDATION PHOTOBOOK PROJECT CONTEST is the artist Phumzile Khanyile, with the project Plastic Crowns. The Foundation awarded the winner with the publication of the photobook project.
She was born in Soweto in 1991. Lives and works in Johannesburg. She is a Market Photo Workshop graduate. She is the recipient of the 2015 Gisèle Wulfsohn Mentorship in Photography, and this afforded the young artist the opportunity to produce a body of work under the guidance of renowned photographer Ayana V. Jackson. She has been awarded the 2018 CAP Prize.
Since her debut exhibition at the Market Photo Workshop in 2017, Khanyile has been extensively featured in the press, The Financial Times, Aperture, The British Journal of Photography, Elephant, Art Africa Magazine and has also been part of several exhibitions including AFROTOPIA, at the African Photography Encounters in Bamako and at the Africa Museum in Bergen Dal, Not the Usual Suspects, at Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, Evora Africa, African Passions, at Palacio Cadaval in Evora. She was part of the NGV Triennale 2020 and of the exhibition Dress Code at the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation in Arles, France, during the Arles Photo Encounters 2022.
The members of the jury panel were: Caterina De Pietri (Artphilein Foundation), Milo Keller (ECAL), Elisa Medde (FOAM), Aaron Morel (Morel Books), Stefano Stoll (Festival Images Vevey)