Giya Makondo-Wills

Giya Makondo-Wills (b.1994) is a British-South African documentary photographer and visual artist.

She holds a BA and MA in Documentary Photography from the University of South Wales (formerly Newport) and has exhibited and published her work internationally since 2017. She has been awarded and commended for her work and regularly collaborates with various institutions as a consultant for projects regarding community collaboration, decolonizing the archive and representation in photography. Her first book They Came From The Water While The World Watched was published in 2020 by The Lost Light Recordings.

Her work is primarily concerned with the urgent matters of our time and how they pertain to the history of marginalised communities. At the core of her practice is an urge to challenge visual culture and the western gaze, recognising the history of the camera and its role in writing new histories working around themes such as identity, race, colonisation, the western gaze and systems of power. With decolonial thinking at the forefront of her work, she focusses on collaboration through image making and the importance of preserving the stories of those that are often forgotten.

Instagram: @giyamwills