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SUGAR IN THE PETROL
5 april – 4 july

The post-apartheid era brought about various changes in South Africa, affecting the way society was perceived as well as the individual consciousness of photographers. While apartheid created a growing need for documentation and protest, post-apartheid witnessed a prolonged stasis in documentary photography. Until recently documentary photography was inspired by an American school “street photography” rather than the colonialist “scientific photography” approach. Precision was preferred to gesture, contrast to subtle nuances. This structuralist dialectic involved a way of seeing reality that left little room for the imagination. In recent years a series of changes have affected photographic concept, technique and subjects in an increasingly palpable manner. This exhibition of contemporary South African photography aims to bear witness to this change. Curators: Doris Bloom and Stefania Miscetti Production: Zone Attive


Doris Bloom
Doris Bloom was born in Vereenigieng, South Africa, in 1954, and studied at the Johannesburg Art College. In 1976 she moved to Copenhagen to study in the Design Department of the Royal Academy of Fine Art with Robert Jacobsen, and she still lives there today. Alongside her painting, an equally important space is dedicated to photography, installations and graphics. She has taken part in various international exhibitions, representing Denmark in the 1995 Johannesburg Biennial with a project developed together with William Kentridge. Her work was included in "Nuovi territori dell'arte. Europa/America", curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and in "Out of Africa" Contemporary Danish Art at the South Africa National Gallery.

Abrie Fourie
Andrew Tshabangu
Usha Seejarim
Jon Bang Carlsen
Zwelethu Mthethwa

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