Andile Buka, a self-taught photographer based in Johannesburg, recently focused his lens on South African athletes as a means to show how their efforts went unrecognized for so long due to the world's ignorance.
Titled 'Sartists Sports,' the project is "aimed at correcting the prejudices against black athletes’ history." With this, Andile Buka outfits his subjects in colonial fashion as a means to re-appropriate the power of South African athletes during the time of Apartheid. For these purposes, women are dressed lavishly in long white gowns made from lace and men wear dapper dress pants, button-ups and sweaters layered over top.
The South African athletes are shown with vintage tennis rackets in-hand as they stand next to one another in many of the photos, working to change the dialogue of the past by positioning them into power and therefore showing the importance of the culture's history in sport.
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