Denning Visiting Artist Sabelo Mlangeni

About the Artist

Sabelo Mlangeni has built his practice around taking intimate photographs that draw out the inherent beauty in the ordinary. Driven by his interest in notions of community and communing, Mlangeni’s process requires him to spend significant time with those he chooses to photograph; sharing in their thoughts, stories, and everyday lives.


Sabelo Mlangeni black and white photograph
Sabelo Mlangeni (South African, born 1980), Inkonzo Yokunikela, Twelve at Ferrum High School, Newcastle, 2018. Hand-printed silver gelatin print. Courtesy of the artist and blank projects, Cape Town. © Sabelo Mlangeni.

Imvuselelo: The revival

September 27, 2023 - January 21, 2024
Cantor Arts Center
328 Lomita Dr, Stanford


Virtual Walkthrough with Joel Cabrita and Sabelo Mlangeni for Photography Network Symposium

Friday, October 13, 10am

Virtual, Open to symposium members only

Symposium Registration:


The Past, Present, and Futures of Photography in South Africa and the Bay Area
Panelists: Joel Cabrita, Makeda Best, Erin O'Toole, Natasha Becker, and Sabelo Mlangeni

Thursday, November 30, 1:15 - 3pm 

African Studies Association Conference

Marriott Marquis Hotel, 780 Mission Street, San Francisco

Open to conference attendees only


Tour of Imvuselelo: The revival for African Studies Association Conference
Led by Joel Cabrita

Friday, December 1, 12:45 - 2:15pm

Cantor Arts Center

African Studies Association Conference

Open to conference attendees only

Programs and Events

Sabelo Mlangeni
Producing Knowledge in and of Africa Workshop

Wednesday, October 4, 5 - 7pm 

Stanford Humanities Center

Free and open to the public


Neelika Jayawardane, scholar of documentary photography in South Africa
with response by Sabelo Mlangeni
Producing Knowledge in and of Africa Workshop

Thursday, October 12, 5 - 7pm

Stanford Humanities Center

Free and open to the public


Art & Boba Talk with Sabelo Mlangeni

Friday, October 13, 12pm

Cantor Auditorium

Open to Stanford students only



A Conversation Between Two Photographers,
Sabelo Mlangeni and Lewis Watts

Wednesday, November 1, 12pm

Denning Family Resource Center, Anderson Collection at Stanford

Free and open to the public



The Ruth K. Franklin Lecture on the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
South African curator Gabi Ngcobo

Tuesday, November 14, 6pm

Cantor Auditorium

Free and open to the public


We gratefully acknowledge support from the Ruth K. Franklin Lecture and Symposium Fund.


For disability-related accommodations or inquiries about accessibility, please contact Ellen Oh at at least one week in advance.

Ellen Oh Headshot


Ellen Oh
Director of Interdisciplinary Arts Programs
Office of the Vice President for the Arts

This residency is hosted by the History Department in collaboration with the Center for African Studies with funding from the Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning.