In Maboneng, Joburg
Thabiso, Atteridgeville, Pretoria
JPU Main Commission with Kalpesh Lathigra and Thabiso Sekgala
November 8th 2014, Johannesburg city will vibrate as the Joburg Photo Umbrella (JPU), the first public programme in Joburg dedicated to photography, kicks off. As an initiative of the Market Photo Workshop in collaboration with the Brighton Photo Biennial and the British Council’s (Connect ZA), the programme reflects its own mode of production by focusing on collaboration, collectives and communities.
In this respect, the main exhibition will present the results of a commissioned collaboration between British photographer, Kalpesh Lathigra, and South African photographer Thabiso Sekgala. Working at times together, at times separately, the pair has been looking at ideas of connectivity and disconnect in communities of Brighton (UK) and Pretoria (SA), to produce a body of work exploring notions of cultural identity, community, sense of belonging and issues around displacement. By using contemporary photography and referring to archival material, Lathigra and Sekgala’s work investigates the role of photography as a mean of representation in the construction of social identity through time.
The photographs featured above show the artists at work in Laudium and in Marabastad, two very distinctive areas of Pretoria West. The first was declared an Indian Township in 1961 under the infamous Group Area Act whilst the latter, after seeing the forced relocation of its “racially” diverse residents, now forms again a vibrant and eclectic community mainly composed of formal and informal traders.
Hideko en hiver avec palmier
Lorena - Printemps
Cameroun - Joburg and all in between
Che reclining for me, Châteaugay, QC, 2012
Self, Joburg, SA, June 14
Original photo taken by Akona Kenqu
Growing in the middle of Joburg Inner city/Shade of pink