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Transition - Collectif (french version)

Author :  Collectif
ISBN :  978-2-36511-029-7
Number of pages :  168
Publisher :  Rencontres d'Arles / Editions Xavier Barral / Market Photo Workshop

Transition is a collective photographic mission led by French and South African photographers on the territory of South Africa. The project brings together the work of six South Africans (Santu Mofokeng, Pieter Hugo, Zanele Muholi, Cedric Nunn, Jo Ractliffe, Thabiso Sekgala) and six French photographers (Patrick Tourneboeuf, Alain Willaume, Raphaël Dallaporta, Harry Gruyaert -Belgian resident in France -, Philippe Chancel, Thibaut Cuisset). They have produced distinct photographic series that reflect an experience of the land in different significant places in South Africa.

Such an ambitious commission by 12 photographers of this ambition is exceptional in the history of photography. This was made possible by the cross cultural years (France-South Africa 2012/1013). Since the 19th century France has a tradition of commissioning talented photographers to interpret the national territory in its relationship to demography.

The photographs, produced during two trips for most of the photographers, navigate between the real and the imaginary, the banal and the strange, the absence and the abundance. The project's collective ambition is to engage in a dialogue that brings out the complexity of reading places, space and belonging. A dialogue that has not always been easy. Many different views and positions have been expressed, as well as divergences; many questions have remained unanswered.

In South Africa, land issues are inextricably linked to the history of race and apartheid, to the legacy of colonization, to the conjuncture of ownership, belonging and identity. These issues are the most obvious legacy of an oppressed and unequal society, whether in urban or rural contexts. This is why it is impossible to attempt a reading of the territory without including a social approach. The history of South African photography is deeply rooted in the complexity of socio-political issues related to land and its possession. 2013 is the centenary of the Land Act, which was the first law founding Apartheid. The Land Act reserved the exploitation of the bulk of South Africa's land for whites. This exhibition comes at a particular time in South African history.

If the exhibition looks back at history and the past, it is also interested in change, in the future. It is a reflection of, but also an integral part of, this landscape in transition, as is the post-Apartheid politics of South Africa.

François Hébel and John Fleetwood, curators of the exhibition Transition.

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Author :  Collectif
ISBN :  978-2-36511-029-7
Number of pages :  168
Publisher :  Rencontres d'Arles / Editions Xavier Barral / Market Photo Workshop

Transition is a collective photographic mission led by French and South African photographers on the territory of South Africa. The project brings together the work of six South Africans (Santu Mofokeng, Pieter Hugo, Zanele Muholi, Cedric Nunn, Jo Ractliffe, Thabiso Sekgala) and six French photographers (Patrick Tourneboeuf, Alain Willaume, Raphaël Dallaporta, Harry Gruyaert -Belgian resident in France -, Philippe Chancel, Thibaut Cuisset). They have produced distinct photographic series that reflect an experience of the land in different significant places in South Africa.

Such an ambitious commission by 12 photographers of this ambition is exceptional in the history of photography. This was made possible by the cross cultural years (France-South Africa 2012/1013). Since the 19th century France has a tradition of commissioning talented photographers to interpret the national territory in its relationship to demography.

The photographs, produced during two trips for most of the photographers, navigate between the real and the imaginary, the banal and the strange, the absence and the abundance. The project's collective ambition is to engage in a dialogue that brings out the complexity of reading places, space and belonging. A dialogue that has not always been easy. Many different views and positions have been expressed, as well as divergences; many questions have remained unanswered.

In South Africa, land issues are inextricably linked to the history of race and apartheid, to the legacy of colonization, to the conjuncture of ownership, belonging and identity. These issues are the most obvious legacy of an oppressed and unequal society, whether in urban or rural contexts. This is why it is impossible to attempt a reading of the territory without including a social approach. The history of South African photography is deeply rooted in the complexity of socio-political issues related to land and its possession. 2013 is the centenary of the Land Act, which was the first law founding Apartheid. The Land Act reserved the exploitation of the bulk of South Africa's land for whites. This exhibition comes at a particular time in South African history.

If the exhibition looks back at history and the past, it is also interested in change, in the future. It is a reflection of, but also an integral part of, this landscape in transition, as is the post-Apartheid politics of South Africa.

François Hébel and John Fleetwood, curators of the exhibition Transition.


 
 

 
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