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Archive: Issue No. 38, October 2000

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17.10.00 South African Photographers in Oslo
17.10.00 Three photographers on Paris Art Fair
17.10.00 In Basel: Total Global: Fourth Round: South Africa
26.09.00 Zwelethu Mthethwa and Sam Nhlengethwa collaborate to produce 'Private Interiors' in Colone
05.09.00 Paris: 'Art in the World' 2000

David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt
Woman with pierced ear, Joubert Park, Johannesburg, 1975

Santu Mofokeng

Santu Mofokeng
Easter Sunday church service, 1966
George Hallett

George Hallett
Woman of District Six, 1969, Cape Town
"I was encouraged by the writer James Mathews, the artist Peter Clarke and the tailor Sakkie Misbach to photograph the people and the sites of District Six before they disappeared."


South African Photographers in Oslo

'Rhizomes of Memory' presents the photographs of the internationally renowned South African photographers David Goldblatt, Santu Mofokeng and George Hallett in an exhibition currently running at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway.

David Goldblatt has lived and worked in Johannesburg. His view of this almost exclusively white city as it metamorphosed to an inclusive African metropolis gives insight into the difficulties of the cultural shift. Santu Mofokeng's newly established research concerning nations traumatised by genocide and ethnocide is shown for the first time, collapsing the parochial belief that South African photography is about local or African concerns. George Hallett's photographs celebrate the people and places he has come to know through his work as a photographer. Twenty years of nomadic exile allowed him to examine photography's claim to convey positive images of humanity. His photographs show South African photography capable and determined to speak internationally.

Hallett, Goldblatt and Mofokeng seek to investigate beneath the surface of other cultures, in the disquieting realms of memory, history and diverse identities. They make us aware that photography in contemporary South Africa is different from the photo journalistic approaches in the days of apartheid. The exhibition covers over 20 years of South African history as represented through its people, architecture and landscape. Each photographer has approximately 50 works in the exhibition.

This exhibition runs until November 11.

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
1311 Hovikodden, Oslo
Tel: 67 80 48 80, Info. Tel: 67 80 49 00

Tracy Gander

Tracy Gander
Salt series, 1997

Vivian van Blerk

Vivian van Blerk
Self Portrait with Desert City, 2000

Three photographers on Paris Art Fair

At the Galerie Beckel Odille BoÏcos in the prestigious fourth arondissement of Paris, three young South African photographers are hanging their work to coincide and be part of the Paris Art Fair, which opens on October 16. The official opening is October 26. Tracy Linder Gander, whose show 'Babes' last year at Johannesburg's Market Gallery drew favourable press reviews, and who is also the website designer for ArtThrob, will be showing her evocative colour photographs of landscape. The other two participants are Jennifer Lund and Vivian van Blerk.

Exhibit opens Sept. 22 and 23, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Closing October 28.

Galerie Beckel Odille Bo�cos 1 rue Jacques Coeur Paris 75004

Mthethwa and Nhlengethwa

"Swiss artist Mo Diener recently completed a residence at Cape Town's Greatmore Studios in Woodstock."

In Basel: Total Global: Fourth Round: South Africa

In an extended programme of encounters with 'non-western' art - round three featured Cuban artist Kcho - the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel opened the fourth round, focussing on South Africa, in September. The series is intended to present to a Swiss public a background to contemporary art in this country, and to open discussions on various aspects of this. Curator Zayd Minty and artist/curator Stephen Hobbs participated in a discussion on African Rennaissance, Art from South Africa in the West on September 25, and on October 15 there was a presentation of a video entitled Light Steps by Swiss artist Mo Diener, who recently completed a residence at Cape Town's Greatmore Studios in Woodstock. In this engaging piece, Diener, dressed in full Xhosa regalia, appears to be walking forwards through the city streets and station of Cape Town, while everyone else in view walks backwards. On October 22, Marcus Neustetter of the MTN Art Institute will make a presentation on the role of new media in art from South Africa. Also part of the museum programme is a thirty minute video discussion organised by Cape Town's Public Eye last year on video art in South Africa. The discussants are Malcolm Payne, Stephen Hobbs, Bridget Baker and Minnette Vari.

For more details, check the website at

Mthethwa and Nhlengethwa

Zwelethu Mthethwa and Sam Nhlengethwa
Private Interiors 1999/2000
Digital prints with collage

Zwelethu Mthethwa and Sam Nhlengethwa collaborate to produce 'Private Interiors' in Colone

Photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa and painter Sam Nhlengethwa have collaborated in work for an exhibition entitled 'Private Interiors', currently showing at the Galerie Seippel in Cologne. Mthethwa is known for his photographic portraits of residents in the black townships of the Western Cape. To digital prints of these interiors, Nhlengethwa has added objects and details which offer a new interpretation of the scene. The exhibition is part of the 14th Internationale Photoszene Koln (,which takes place during the fair 'Photokina'.

Exhibit opens Sept. 22 and 23, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Closing October 28.

Galerie Seippel, Dr. Ralf-P., Flandrische Str. 6, 50674 Koln
Tel: 0949 221 25 58 34
Fax: 0949 221 25 22 65

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith
Lethal Spaces #3A 2000
Digital c-print
34 x 48 cm

Paris: 'Art in the World' 2000

In 1997, Paris magazine Beaux Arts initiated 'Art in the World', an international networking event for artists and arts writers around the globe. The exhibition, featuring more than 50 international artists, was complemented by a week-long conference for critics and editors targeted by Beaux Arts for the quality of their respective publications. 'Art in the World' is coming around again, running from September 8 to November 8 this year, and this time featuring almost 85 artists. While the quality of the work on the show in 1997 was uneven, the event marks a highly publicised opportunity for artists to meet with key European gallerists, and for writers to explore critical thinking across a range of international contexts.

The original contact in 1997 for the first show was Brenda Atkinson, in her capacity as arts writer for the Mail & Guardian, identified by Beaux Arts as their preferred print media publication in South Africa. In 1998, Atkinson selected Jo Ractliffe and Tracey Rose to show new work in Paris. Second time around, Atkinson remains the contact here, and selected Johannesburg artists Stephen Hobbs and Kathryn Smith to make the trip. Watch this space for a report on the show.