Akona Kenqu biography photo credit: Lusanda Ndita

In the South African language, isiXhosa, Akona means, "there are"

Akona Kenqu is a South African photographer born in Cape Town and currently based in Johannesburg. After following a general course of studies in high school, from 2008-2010, Akona attended a series of photography courses at Johannesburg's Market Photo Workshop, which was founded by world-renowned photographer David Goldblatt.

At the Market Photo Workshop, Akona learned the technical and conceptual aspects of photography and developed her 2011 body of work entitled, Kick Push, which focused on the urban athletics of skateboarders in her township.

In 2012, Akona held her first solo exhibit entitled "Society", which centered on the skateboard crew, Skate Society Soweto (SSS). I first came across Akona's work in 2016 during her solo exhibit at Framer Framed gallery, here in Amsterdam. I found her work to be an arresting, intelligent melange of art and documentary photojournalism. 

Akona produces striking juxtapositions of life in an urban African landscape. I believe Akona is at the threshold of a very bright future. Akona is a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Tierney Fellowship : http://www.tierneyfellowship.org/about.php

"There are" many brilliant contemporary photographers in South Africa and, Akona Kenqu is among the best of them.

See more of Akona's work here: http://akonakenqu.wix.com/photography

Coming Soon! Akona Kenqu's official website: akonakenqu.com

MAKER MAGAZINE is proud to present Akona Kenqu as part of our 2019 Amsterdam exhibit, NOIRE ABSOLUE, which will be a group exhibition featuring the work of emerging contemporary photographers of the African Diaspora.

MAKER is proud to feature Akona as our first guest on the MAKER PODCAST, see below: