We recently welcomed filmmaker and photographer, Justice Mukheli to come and talk to our students and friends about his life and career as visual storyteller.
Justice grew up in Soweto. He made clear – very happily so. Looking back, he’s thankful for the adversity he’s faced. Thankful for being dyslexic with teachers unbeknownst to the concept and telling he’s just dumb. Thankful that he believed it. Thankful for only gaining English as a young man, by sharing kids’ books with his twin brother and practicing on each other. Thankful for being fully aware of how far, far away opportunities were.
He knew his chances were slim, but he knew he had an important story to tell, and that art – photography – would be the only way for him to tell it.
Mukheli was sniffled out by Kanye West, which brought all those once-faraway opportunities, right there in front of him.
Justice Mulkheli is a new breed of super-gracious, liberated, African photographer that signifies the future of this industry – and holy smokes, are we glad to have been in his presence on this special occasion.