Behind Every Strong Woman, 2014
Archival Pigment Print 15 x 19 on 16 x 20 inch paper
Signed Edition of 30
Primarily working in a sartorial collective named Khumbula in Johannesburg, Harness Hamese teamed up with Namibian designer and sartorialist Loux the Vintage Guru to create a set of staged moments featuring vintage clothing enthusiasts in southern Africa. Collectively, their movement is known as “Love is African.” Hamese’s images speak to the delicate balance and sophistication of masculinity and femininity. This deliberate illustration of gender equilibrium was the reason why this work was selected for inclusion in the Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity at the MoCP; it prominently feature a woman as the main subject in a show about black men. The South African–born Andile Biyana’s power and strength lie in the femininity she wields among brethren.
Hamese is a photographer and art director based in Johannesburg South Africa. Hamese work has been exhibited internationally and was featured in the 2015 MoCP Exhibition Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity. His photographs have also been reproduced in art and fashion magazines worldwide. Khumbalah, Hamese’s Johannesberg art collective, is an ensemble of young creative professionals dedicated to representing a different visual narratives of Africa than is often depicted in the mainstream media.