Témoin/Witness exhibition spans Africa
Goethe-Institut Subsahara-Africa05/12/2012 11:31:48
Photographic exhibition at Goethe-Institut in May: Sammy Baloji, Monique Pelser, Calvin Dondo, Sabelo Mlangeni, Abraham Oghobase, Michael Tsegaye.
Témoin/Witness: Photography at the Goethe-Institut
Until 7 June 2012
Official opening 17 May 2012, 18:30
Goethe-Institut, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood.
Over the past three years, the exhibiting photographers have been involved in the Goethe-Institut project Photographers Portfolio Meeting. The project, initiated by the Goethe-Institut South Africa and Simon Njami, was held in Maputo 2008, Bamako 2009/2011, Addis Ababa 2010.
For the portfolio reviews photographers met on a one on one basis with curators such as Bisi Silva from CCA Lagos, Mark Sealy from Autograph ABP London, Chris Dercon from Tate Modern London, Felix Hoffmann from C/O Berlin, Colette Olof from Foam Amsterdam, Khwezi Gule then from Johannesburg Art Gallery, John Fleetwood from Market Photo Workshop Johannesburg and other independent curators, such as Simon Njami and Akinbode Akinbiyi.
Photographers presented their work to the curators as well as their peers. Feedback sessions encouraged critical engagement and to deepen the practice and fine-tune the expression of each participant. From May 2, curators Sammy Baloji (DRC) and Monique Pelser (South Africa) present a selection of the works made over the past three years by themselves and other past participants such as Calvin Dondo (Zimbabwe), Sabelo Mlangeni (South Africa), Abraham Oghobase (Nigeria) and Michael Tsegaye (Ethiopia).
Témoin/Witness is an exhibition of works representing how this group of emerging photographers perform the role of onlooker, actively survey their immediate environments. The presented work then, by extension, become historical records and evidence reflecting the constantly shifting present and past, inherited cultures and social issues that span the African continent.
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