31 | Artist and photographer | Cape Town

Theme: 16 Days, 16 Voices

Jody Brand is an artist and photographer whose work speaks to being free in an unjust society. This, Brand does through the radical act of occupying space. Jody’s photography is unedited and honest, capturing everyday moments and documenting marginalized histories through the medium of photography and mixed media installation.

While her initial goal was to become a journalist, Brand’s early work with avant-garde costume designer Richard de Jager led to her finding her voice through photography. Since then, the 31-year-old has exhibited her images in galleries across the world including the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. Her solo exhibition You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down was shown at Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town.

“I care very little for the medium in which I express myself in and for the formal structures of photography...People and the politics of care are my medium and that means everything to me.” Brand says of her work and her approach to her art. Jody Brand is the seventh of 16 emerging young artists we are profiling this month.

In keeping with the essence of the 100 Beautiful things initiative and honouring South Africa’s youth, we are devoting the next 16 days to 16 beautiful things created by 16 young creatives who will share their stories.