INTROSPECTION AND DOCUMENTATION: AN OVERVIEW OF DOMINANT STRANDS IN CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Sinazo Chiya, Associate Director, Michael Stevenson gallery, author
Monday 22 January 3.00 pm COURSE FEES R110; Staff and students R55
This lecture offers a brief overview of how contemporary South African artists have broadly used the medium of photography. The lecture is split into two sections, namely ‘capture’ and ‘creation’. The former looks at a group of artists – often trained as photojournalists and working in the documentary mode – using ‘factual’ depictions of people and place as tools for extrapolation and understanding. The latter pays attention to practitioners that use the camera as an expressionistic tool, often featuring staged, overtly altered, and even abstracted photographic images to craft commentary on subjective states, spanning the subconscious, identity and memory.