Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture


Groomed for Labour and Love is a photographic exhibition of black and white analogue images running at the Springs Art Gallery until the end of the month.

Do join the educative walkthrough of this photographic exhibition on Saturday, 26 August, led by the project’s co-curators, Nthabeleng Masudubele, Nkululeko Khumalo and Zinhle Gule of the Len Khumalo & Mike Mzileni Foundations. The walkabout will unpack the various curatorial strategies, insights and themes that undergird the project.

You can take in the images taken by renowned photographers Len Khumalo and the late Mike Mzileni, who captured the lives and struggles of women and their changing roles over time. These two giants practised predominantly in the late 90s to early 2000s leaving a prolific archive of photographs which are powerful catalysts for conversations about both our national history and contemporary South Africa and society at large.

This exhibition allows pondering on the roles that women are groomed to occupy from an early age. It reflects on some of the overt and covert ways in which women are groomed to assume roles of domestic labour from a young age. It also demonstrates how love is weaponised to socialise women into these roles.  Additionally, it tells the tale of women whose lives have challenged and subverted these limiting roles. The exhibition takes you on a journey through the lives of iconic figures such as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Brenda Fassie as well as everyday women.

This exhibition is an opportunity to be reminded that women are complex, multi-dimensional human beings whose existence cannot be pinned down to just domestic labour and love.

This project forms part of the post-support intervention offered to beneficiaries of programmes created through a collaboration between the City’s SRAC Department and the Len Khumalo Foundation.


Date:     Saturday, 26 August 2023

Time:     11h00

Venue:  Springs Art Gallery |   Library Building |  Corner 5th Street and 6th Avenue | Springs CBD | City of Ekurhuleni

For more information: 011 999 0607 |