Nontsikelelo Veleko

Photographer

Music and urban living inspire Nontsikelelo Veleko's work. Far from her hometown of Bodibe, in the North West province, and her humble beginnings not so long ago as a photography student at the Market Photography Workshop, Veleko has made her mark on both the local and international arts scene. Her brazen, urban-inspired photography, filled with inner street scenes, graffiti and fashion forward individuals, is defining urban Africa through her lens for the rest of the world to see. Veleko's solo exhibitions have been held everywhere from the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg to the Kuppel in Switzerland. Her work has also appeared in group exhibitions in the Kyle Kauffman Gallery in New York, the Kunsthaus in Austria and the Palazzo delle Papesse in Sinea, Italy. � Jane Steinacker

Lunch spot: Kaldi's, Newtown, Johannesburg