Four photographers, Alexia Webster, Jabulani Dhlamini, Pierre Crocquet de Rosemond and Mauro Vombe, all chosen by David Goldblatt, will exhibit their work at the Gerard Sekoto Gallery of the Alliance Française. The exhibition, which is a reflection of David Goldblatt’s socially engaged work, opens on 3 May 2018, will be curated by John Fleetwood, and funded and organised by the French Institute of South Africa.
In Recapture, Jabulani Dhlamini utilises the medium of photography to explore and question how South Africa’s traumatic and violent past permeates the consciousness of its people. The series, the first since the artist’s breakout exhibition uMama in 2012, documents the town of Sharpeville, ruminating on the process of recovery and memorial in post-apartheid South Africa. Born in 1983, the artist considers himself to be bound not only by his past but by a history of violence. The artist recalls the moments leading up to South Africa’s first democratic elections – ‘I knew that something important was happening, makeshift posters and pictures of Mandela were posted all over the streets, but at the time I didn’t realise that the man in the pictures was the soon-to-be leader of a new South Africa – I didn’t realise the implications of what this was.’
Alexia Webster’s Street Studio Project creates outdoor family portrait studios in public spaces and invites anyone to come have their portrait taken. Webster has a portable printer on site and prints the photographs for free for people to take home with them. She wanted to return these images, ‘treasures’, to the people she photographed. Webster is a South African freelance photographer born in Johannesburg. She has travelled widely through the African continent as a documentary photographer. In 2007, she received the Frank Arisman Scholarship at the International Center of Photography in New York City where she completed the programme in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism.
Mauro Vombe, born 1988 and based in Maputo, Mozambique, started photographing in 2006. His work connects to his earlier experience in theatre, unveiling hidden feelings and creating a form of collective or individual representation, and finds resonance from his work as a news and events reporter. Vombe has received numerous awards locally and internationally. He participated in an exhibition dedicated to the 40 years of Mozambican photojournalism at Foundation Fernado Leite Couto in 2015. In 2017, he was invited to the ‘Catchupa Factory’, in Mindelo, Cape Verde.
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