CTAF 2015

Durban Art Gallery


Andrew Tshabangu
Bridges, Exhibition Invitation ,

SEE LISTING frequency, lumens, place

Vaughn Sadie & Dean Henning
frequency, lumens, place, Light object ,

SEE LISTING Exhibition invite

Time_Frame Durban/2010
Exhibition invite, installation shot , dimensions variable


2nd Floor City Hall, Anton Lembede St (former Smith St) Durban


Hours: Mon - Sat 8.30am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 4pm


Rene-Paul Savignan and Andrew Tshabangu at Durban Art Gallery

A travelling exhibition of black-and-white photographs entitled 'BRIDGES', to be shown at the Durban Art Gallery as part of the France / South Africa Season celebrating a 15 year old collaboration between documentary photographers South African Andrew Tshabangu and Rene-Paul Savignan from Reunion Island.

The focal point of the work is spiritual and religious practice and to this aim the artists have spent time researching and documenting in both countries. The presence of a rich diversity of religious practices is common to both locations. On Reunion Island, due to a long history of inhabitation by people of diverse ethnicities, a complex range of religious beliefs is found. The focus in South Africa has been the many ways in which Christianity is interpreted and experienced by Africans.

Savignan, who was born in Le Port in 1970, began his career working in a ‘fast lab’; after two years of workshop studies he started his own laboratory and his works are regularly exhibited on Reunion Island and internationally. Tshabangu was born in Soweto, in 1966, and currently teaches photography at the Alexander Community Art Centre.

The photographers agreed to a unique and interesting approach: they would always take photographs at the same time and place. In visiting each other’s countries the artists were able to connect with their respective history and culture as well as revising their awareness of their own. “Reunion Island can be considered as a laboratory of the meetings of civilizations,” says Savignan, who observed that the diversity of religious beliefs connected people rather than divided them, with many islanders embracing more than one belief system without prejudice.

“The religious ceremony is a critical vehicle through which the community and the individual communes with the creator and with nature,” says Tshabangu. “In this body of work, I am portraying Christian practices from an African perspective and expressing the passion for a brand of faith steeped in both the Western Christian doctrine and African religions. This brew of spirituality is rooted in the heart of African communities.”

'BRIDGES' comprises eighty black and white photographs selected from thousands of images captured over the years. Savignan’s work is entitled 'Many Rivers to Cross'; Tshabangu entitles his contribution 'In My Father’s House'. Together they explore and document that most fundamental of human needs: the expression of spiritual longing through communal ritual.

Event organised as part of the  France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013.

05 November 2012 - 27 January 2013

Various Artists at Durban Art Gallery

A collaborative exhibition of artists from Mozambique, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.

10 July 2011 - 31 July 2011

Louis Maqhubela at Durban Art Gallery

A restrospective of Louis Maqhubela's work from 1960 - 2010.

Curated by Marilyn Martin.

02 March 2011 - 16 March 2011

Dean Henning and Vaughn Sadie at Durban Art Gallery

'Our perception of space depends as much on what we hear as on what we see'. (Max Neuhaus)

This collaborative sound (Dean Henning) and light (Vaughn Sadie) installation aims to create a space using artificial light and sound generated in the gallery that relies on interaction with the audience. The initial sound and quantity of light are determined by mathematical formulas based on the volume (length x breadth x height = cubic meters) and floor space ((length x breadth = square meters) respectively. The installation consists of several components: circuit bending, pulse generators, and light objects. 

It is these components, and the intervention of the audience, that allows the space to be in constant flux. The initial state of the space changes and responds to the movement of the audience who continually alter the composition of the room.

28 October 2010 - 28 November 2010

Group Exhibition at Durban Art Gallery

The purpose of TIME_FRAME Durban/2010 is to explore the intersections of space, place and
people in the context of the 2010 World Cup from a grounded and people-centred perspective.
With funding from the Mondriaan Foundation, the dala collective is hosting 10 creative practitioners from around the world for a 10 day new media experiment in Durban. The participants are: Miguel Petchkovsky (Angola / Netherlands), Heiner Holtappels (Netherlands) Elena Perez (Spain / Netherlands), Mayura Subhedar (India / Netherlands), Walter Langelaar (Netherlands), Lilia Perez Romero (Mexico / Netherlands), Doung Jahangeer (South Africa), Rike Sitas (South Africa), Dean Henning (South Africa) and Zen Marie (South Africa)

13 July 2010 - 19 July 2010