Mareli Esterhuizen

Mareli Esterhuizen is pursuing a career in photography after completing her studies with a degree in Photography at the NMMU in Port Elizabeth. She is currently still living and working in Cape Town, running a small photographic school called School of Light, while working on various photographic projects, collaborations and exhibitions. Marelie has been part of numerous group-exhibitions in South Africa and abroad; her debut show was held at Dirt Contemporary, CT as part of a residency program, and most recently her work has been featured in a digital display at the Louvre in Paris.

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I work quite intuitively, always trying to be truthful and sensitive to the subject matter. I enjoy juxtaposing elements which are out of their context together, and the tension that this creates. I also love the awkwardness that springs out of imposed relationship between different objects. My style changes often and am a firm believer of spontaneity and following your intuition. In the words of Li Hui: ‘Always experiment’.

I like to give context to arbitrary objects and see how a narrative can evolve through unsystematic connections. I am passionate about precision in composition and the way various elements within the frame influence each other. Every single arrangement of line, structure, shape or color will tell a unique story. I want to slow down the viewer’s gaze, and allow people to see and take hold of another reality. I want to create uplifting images that allow the viewer’s imagination free reign to create their own narrative. Art, to me, is like a self-portrait, giving a voice to your experience.

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To view more of Marelie Esterhuizen’s work, please visit her website.



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Paloma Shutes
Photo Editor
The California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine
San Francisco, California


Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Paloma Shutes is Photography Editor of The California Sunday Magazine. Previously, she worked in the photo departments at Wired and GQ, where she commissioned photography recognized by the Society of Publication Designers and American Photography.

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