Anelisa Mangcu, an avid all-round creative, has experience in visual art, photography, performing arts, social media and writing. She regards herself, above all, as “a child, a sister and an artist”.
Anelisa Mangcu’s expertise is most notably in photography. Her first photographic venture was a 2010 collaborative exhibition at the Exposure Gallery at the age of 17. Anelisa’s debut solo photographic art exhibition “The Moments Amidst the Chaos”, which ran in September of 2011, cemented her as a young, emerging and promising artist. The pieces in the exhibition were distinguishably works of Anelisa’s by the continuous use of rich colour and texture. The exhibition attracted a lot of local social media attention, and countless features on online and print publications. In 2012, Anelisa co-exhibited her photographic work with Cape Town photographer Max Mogale and other notable artists at a collaborative photographic installation exhibition titled “Exhibit B” sponsored by Play. Anelisa also co-curated a Women’s Month Exhibition at the Strand Tower Hotel with Yang Zhao, validating her as an experienced artist and curator in the Cape Town photography world.
Anelisa has taken to documenting her work, with her 2013 project “The Interlude”. The documentary chronicles her 5 years in the creative industry, personally recounted by her most influential creative colleagues and friends. Anelisa has been featured on the SABC 3 lifestyle show Top Billing's website for the project. “The Interlude” is an extension of her “Moments Amidst the Chaos” 2011 theme in which the audience is encouraged to pause, observe and appreciate life’s fleeting moments. Phase 2 of “The Interlude” was an intervention staged in the city; a filmed installation exhibition that embraces Anelisa’s desire for her audience to observe, reflect on and honour seemingly random moments.
Anelisa’s personal blogging experience is noteworthy, with two blogs that she launched in 2011 which have both attracted the attention of urban social media consumers and gurus in their humble beginnings. “131 days” is a build-up blog chronicling the journey to her photographic exhibition “The Moments Amidst the Chaos”. Anelisa’s stylistic-inspirational Tumblr photo-blog “Perfectly Tailored”, co-founded by Siyabonga Ngwekazi, fuses her photographic flair and delineation of colour and texture with her tasteful eye for men’s fashion. “Perfectly Tailored” has been named one of the Top Ten South African street style blogs in 2012 by The Times newspapers’ online publication Times Live. Since the inception of the project Perfectly Tailored, Ngwekazi and Mangcu have refined the creative endevour to one that is solely managed by Mangcu, as a way to place more focus on their respective upcoming creative projects.
In 2013, with her vast experience in photography and her sharp eye for all things beautiful, Anelisa has decided to focus her eye on men’s wear for the suave and sophisticated man with the anticipated launch of her “Perfectly Tailored for Men” website.
Having always been interested and enthusiastic about fashion, Anelisa has been recognized for her own personal style. Features in South African Fashion and Lifestyle magazines Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, DRUM, Elle, Marie Claire and True Love for her personal sense of style and her men’s fashion blog have cemented her as a budding fashion It-girl in her own right. Due to her experience in photography and her sharp eye for all things beautiful, Anelisa has also been featured as a guest-photographer of the “street style” section for Elle magazine’s website.
At 19, Anelisa Mangcu’s interview on SAFM radio’s AM Live about opportunity driven entrepreneurship in opposition to entrepreneurship inspired by necessity spoke volumes about the respected and noted nature of her creativity and work ethic. Anelisa’s work in curating, photographic exhibiting and blogging has created a solid reputation as an experienced, capable and respected young creative, all before her 21st birthday.
“Something tells us young Mangcu is going to be around for a long time.”
“Anelisa Mangcu is an artist in her own right.”
“People are milling about her pieces, debating it, wondering about it and observing the world from Anelisa’s perspective.”
“Her retro accessories, braided undo’s and brave use of colour make everyone who sees her ask themselves, “Who’s that girl?”
Anelisa’s stylistic-inspirational Tumblr photo-blog “Perfectly Tailored”, co-founded by TV personality and fashion designer Siyabonga Ngwekazi, fuses her photographic flair and delineation of colour and texture with her tasteful eye for men’s fashion. “Perfectly Tailored” has been named one of the Top Ten South African street style blogs in 2012 by The Times newspapers’ online publication Times Live. Since the inception of the project Perfectly Tailored, Ngwekazi and Mangcu have refined the creative endevour to one that is solely managed by Mangcu, as a way to place more focus on their respective upcoming creative projects.
I take picture’s. That is what I do. The difference between this medium of art and the others is that photography feeds my soul. It evokes a sense of emotion that truly can’t be described in any other way, than untainted happiness. All elements of photography come down to one thing - vision. It’s never been about the gear as such, but more about seeing something beautiful in the unseen, knowing that it deserves to be shared with people and capturing it. That is my job. I aim to make the public appreciate what they view as the insignificant and make it the significant once again.
We live such fast paced lifestyle; therefore we take for granted the little moments in all the chaos. We always want answers upfront, and never find ourselves searching for it. The pleasure in learning and discovering the unknown no longer exists. The more I had found myself stirring for this exhibition, the richer the stew became. This could only be achieved by experimenting with different seasonings. The images I take are triggered by my personal experiences at the time, and the cultural facet of our beautiful city, Cape Town.
My objective with the series of works is to document the importance of a single moment, and the story that it holds. With that, highlight the significance of time and human life. Every moment counts and the details of that moment are what matter the most. My aim is to identify, through imagery, the mundane moments in life that are taken for granted, and at times the contrast between subjects.
My favourite aspect of photography is the ability to accurately capture the richness of our environment through colour and texture which evidently affects the mood . Colour and texture have become the predominant pattern in my work and also the unusual subject matter. Power of observation is everything, snapping the camera comes after. Absorb “the moments” amidst all the chaos.
Every artist sees the world differently and depicts his special and unique vision in all of the artwork he or she creates. Every piece in this collection of contemporary artists' demonstrates this through the photography. The theme 'Women' was interpreted by each artist's personal experiences and their view of what it is to be a woman, was conveyed through their imagery. We selected these images because each image had a narrative, an intention and a motivation.
Black and White photography required a much greater commitment before the advent of the digital SLR. Now digital cameras and software can produce black on white on demand, so a photographer can choose later whether or not to remove the color from the photo.
The black and white pulls the eye in to the narrative as well as the expressions of the subject matter. The black and white conjures a feeling of mental silence due to the lack of colour, which brings the photographs shape and form to life. Either way, this photography captures a level of beauty that presents these women in a light never seen before.
We chose photography as the medium, because we find it highly accessible to people as technology develops at such fast speed. Almost everyone in the world has access to a device that is able to capture images be it a professional camera or a smartphone.
This allows anyone to capture visual images with ease and convenience. Therefore we believe that this medium can have a renewed sense of purpose and that the type of messages that it presents may have a wider influence on our society at large.
As a child, my experience of boredom was directly connected to my inability to focus attention on one thing. As I grew older " I am bored", was a phrase I casually used because I would rather be doing something different, to whatever it was, that was occupying my time at that moment. As I grew older, I began to use the word 'boredom' far less, because having nothing to do was something I looked forward too.
I believe boredom is the foundation of creativity. Society has found many innovative ways to be entertained because of boredom. My inspiration for this theme is based on my experience at the Cape Town train station, which is where boredom becomes my reality. The long trip home from the CBD to Wynberg is always overwhelmingly exhausting. I usually rely on social networks and the people I am surrounded by to keep me entertained.
I am highly fascinated by the fact that a train can be filled with so many diverse people, who could possibly have a lot in common with one another, but somehow every individual prefers to isolate himself or herself from those they share that same space with. When I observe those I am surrounded by, they are always deep in thought, which forces me to question what and who, they are thinking about, hearing, feeling and their background.
The sounds of the trains always start off, just as sounds of the train track. The sounds later develop a rhythm of some kind, which becomes a beat that reminds me of some hip-hop track I love. As the train moves from one station to the next, I overhear people passing by, deep in conversation with a friend, including a few words shared between two strangers in the train.
I chose to capture my subjects in black and white. The black and white pulls the eye in to the narrative as well as the expressions of the subject matter. The black and white conjures a feeling of mental silence due to the lack of colour, which brings the photographs shape and form to life. The subjects' faces are confrontational, which creates a feeling of tension between the subject and viewer. This highlights the sense of isolation everyone feels and is indirectly forced to feel in the train and around the station.
The purest form of creativity I have experienced as an adult, who has been conditioned by the world with ideologies that have changed my perception of people, life and the world is awakened by my experiences in a train. My main source of boredom is where I source my inspiration for all things creative. Boredom is the source of my creativity.
The Interlude is about my 5 years in the industry as an all-round creative. I have decided to formally document individuals that played a huge role in my life, career and about understanding the story from both sides. The interlude is an extension of my previous 2011 theme, “The moments amidst the chaos”, which initially enforces the public to slow down, observe and appreciate the things and people that matter in their lives, just as I have.
An intervention is an orchestrated attempt by one or many people. Interventions have been used to address serious personal problems, including, but not limited to, alcoholism, compulsive gambling, drug abuse, compulsive eating and other eating disorders, self harm and being the victim of abuse. This intervention is an experiment. This intervention is a part of the final phase of the interlude concept. This intervention is being recorded as a feature in the documentary. The interlude phase 2 is an intervention of the mind, body and soul.
The figure is a representation of how I view the human race; as equals. However, we are divided by the colour of our skin, culture, experiences, sex, class and demeanor. The color pink represents compassion and love. It relates to unconditional love and understanding, and the giving and receiving of nurturing. Pink calms and reassures our emotional energies, alleviating feelings of anger, aggression, resentment, abandonment and neglect. Pink is a non-threatening color seeking appreciation, respect and admiration.
To have an opinion
To not have an opinion
To release any feelings of anger
To give credit to those who have helped you along the way
To approach the intervention in anyway you please
To not fear the world, but to merely understand it.
To honour the random