Michael Hoppen Contemporary

Crystal, Manenberg

Araminta de Clermont
Crystal, Manenberg, Fujiflex supergloss c-type print , 54 x 36cm


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Araminta de Clermont at Michael Hoppen Contemporary

Michael Hoppen Contemporary is pleased to bring together two contemporary photographers who have documented the sartorial expressions of particular communities in the Congo and South Africa. Daniele Tamagni has documented the creativity of a community in the Congo known as Les Sapeurs, a group (consisting mostly of men) which adheres to a subculture of highly tailored fashion called Le Sape (Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance). Araminta De Clermont has photographed a series of portraits of young girls dressed up for their matriculation dance in celebration of their graduation from school. They were shot on the Cape Flats, a vast area outlying Cape Town described by some as having been 'apartheid’s dumping ground'. The Matric Dance has a huge significance for the girls in these photographs, as well as their families. The resultant looks seem to speak volumes: about the hopes, dreams, aspirations and influences of young South Africans today.

07 May 2010 - 05 June 2010