Nontsikelelo ‘Lolo’ Veleko’s (b. 1977, lives and works in Johannesburg) vivid and powerful photographs provide insight into South Africa’s urban life. In her precise observations, she poses questions about shared understandings of beauty, history, and identity through looking at fashion. Her work has been included in group shows including Snap Judgments (New York) and Reality Check: Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa (Cape Town) as well as at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin).
Nontsikelelo Veleko’s on-going project "Graffiti" began in 2001. The work investigates visual communication as an expressive outlet for society, especially south african urban. Veleko is interested in a generation with whom she share issues and perspective, and the way in which the new city develops in post-1994 elections South Africa. The artist documents political and cultural messages through popular practices of clothing, or acting and sharing public space. In this project, Veleko considers the reproduced graffiti as the art and her photographs to be a documentation of anonymous artist acts in urban spaces.