Rudi Geyser‘s series Kwaai Girls (cool girls) explores the emergent identities in the city’s subcultural movements. The series features Cape Town artists and musicians including Laura Windvogel (aka Lady Skollie), Jana ‘Babez’ Terblanche, K_Dollahz and Dope Saint Jude.
Geyser says he hopes to highlight a growing feminist movement in South Africa through the project. “My intent is for the viewer to get an insight into these supremely individual and real women,” he told Dazed magazine. “In turn, I want them to ask questions about femininity and what it means to be a woman, particularly in South Africa.”
The women featured in Kwaai Girls use artistic exploration to question the complexities and inner workings of South Africa. Windvogel paints watercolours that explore gender roles, sex, greed and lust through evocative images and motifs of fruit, flowers and the human body. She also runs a podcast, Kiss & Tell, where she discusses porn, sex, relationships, feminism and gender issues.
Dope Saint Jude uses performance and rap music to challenge gender norms, queer identity, self-love and sartorial pride. She collaborates with other black Cape Town-based artists such as performance artist Angel-Ho and photographer Chomma to produce art that questions the status quo.
Geyser hails from Cape Town but has spent seven years in the UK, where he studied fine art photography at University College Falmouth before working in London as a photographic assistant in the fashion industry.
To see the full collection of featured South African creatives go to designindaba.com/southafricandesign
You can see more of Rudi Geyser’s work at rudigeyser.com