INVITATION FOR PUBLIC EXHIBITION WALK ABOUT ALL WELCOME NO CHARGE SAT 28 MAY 11AM
MAIN & MEZZANINE GALLERIES AND MULTI-MEDIA ROOM.
‘HOMING' - A GROUP EXHIBITION OF NEW WORK BY TWELVE DURBAN-BASED PHOTOGRAPHERS.
This exhibition is in response to ‘Red Ants' an exhibition of photographs of inner city mass evictions in Johannesburg at the KZNSA gallery in 2010. Homelessness or houselessness became the themes of this visual inquiry into ‘Homing'. Tens of millions of South Africans are living in informal settlements as a continuous indication that we need to question how we choose as a society to define ‘home'. Twelve photographers share with us their perceptions of the different realities and notions of ‘home'.
The artists have each taken a unique and individualistic approach to their interpretation of ‘Homing'. What distinguishes this exhibition is the wide range of intentions and modes of presentation that the members of the group have chosen to show their work. From an installation of light-boxes to digital prints on paper, a sculptural installation of a street ‘spaza' and large-scale photographs printed on wallpaper and glued to the gallery walls, this is no regular documentary photographic exhibition.
An important component will be presented in the Mezzanine Gallery. Working with members of the group, Durban street photographers were mentored to develop participatory work with our city's vulnerable young people who are most often perceived to be ‘homeless'.
Commented Professor Rodney Harber in his opening address "This is an incredibly thought provoking exhibition because, in contrast to our prevailing bland ‘townships', it explores the depth and complexity of ‘Homing'. This exhibition, with its compelling title, is not about the technically conceived and faceless townships churned out by ticking boxes and numbers - the sort of brain dead approach that has political parties currently dancing on eggs denying ‘open air' toilets! It is about how people actually cope with life.
It is very timely because it reopens the debate about considering humane HOMING".
Participating artists are: Andrew Griffin, Troy Inman, Harry Lock, Peter McKenzie, Neith Moore, Michele Silk, Lanel Janse van Vuuren, Thulani Welcome Ngcobo, Ernest Siphiwe Mthembu, Vincent Musa Chala, Thulani Derrick Mbhele, Emmanuel Nkosinathi Shangazi.