Giya Makondo-Wills (b.1994) is a British/South African photographer based in the U.K. Her work looks at identity, race, colonisation and the western gaze. She is currently working with archival collections in the UK alongside her photographic practice.

She has exhibited in Lagos, Johannesburg and Dusseldorf as well as widely within the UK. Featured in several ‘graduate of the year’ profiles, she has won an IFOR documentary photography award and been shortlisted for other prizes. Her work has been published in the British Journal of Photography, Royal Photographic Society journal, It’sNiceThat, Unseen Magazine and Source Photographic Review amongst others. 

Her first photobook will be published in 2020 by The Lost Light Recordings and her work will be part of a group show on the theme of belief in Paris in March 2020. 

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Exhibitions 


2018 - Hiareth. An MA Documentary photography group show. (Truman Brewery, London, England, October 2018)

2018 - FOUNDATION. An exhibition celebrating the best photographic talent nurtured in the South West. (Poly, Falmouth, England, April 28th-2nd May 2018)

 2018 - Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2018 'Neighbourhood' (Dusseldorf, Germany, 16th -18th February 2018)

 2017/2018 - Cream 17: A Showcase of Graduate Photography Talent (Crane Kalman Gallery, Brighton - U.K)

 2017/2018 - Young Selector for 'Empire through the Lens: pictures from the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection' (Bristol Museum and Art Gallery - U.K)

 2017 - LagosPhoto Festival 2017 'Regimes of Truth' (African Artists Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria, 24th November - 15th December 2017)

 2017- Its Nice That Magazine ‘Introducing The Graduates’ (London, U.K 5th July 2017)

 2017 - Two Eyes Serve A Movement USW Documentary Photography Graduates (Seen Fifteen Gallery, London 16th-21st June 2017)

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Awards and Commendations


 2019 - Nominated by Anastasia Taylor-Lind for the 2019 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass

 2018 -  Royal Photographic Society Graduate Class of 2018 

 2018 -  British Journal of Photography Graduate Class of 2018

 2018 - YCN (You Can Now) annual magazine - 20 Rising Stars in the creative industry

 2017 - Selected for Its Nice That Magazine ‘The Graduates’

 2017 - Shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society 160 Exhibition

 2017 - Shortlisted for Photogrvy Grant 

 2017 - Prize winner -  IAFOR Documentary Photography Award

 2017 - Selected by Marie-France Kittler & Salvator Vitale – Source Photographic Review, Graduates

 2016 - Recipient of the Reginald Salisbury Fund Travel Award

 2016 - Prize winner 'Call to Celebrate Culture' – Jimmy Nelson Foundation


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