Publication Apartheid & After
Bound hard cover, 30 × 24 cm,
256 pages, more than 250 images,
price € 58,–
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The publication ‘Apartheid & After’ will be accompanied by an exhibition of the same name and contains picture essays by all participating photographers, and texts by Sean O’Toole and Els Barents,
design by Bart de Haas.
‘It is astonishing to think that, until the beginning of the 1990s, merely two decades ago, modern and contemporary African photography was largely in the shadows.’
from Okwui Enwezor, Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity: A Conceptual Framework, in: Contemporary African Photography from the Walther Collection, Steidl 2013, p. 23
Apartheid & After is based on an idea by David Goldblatt and aims to display the quality, diversity and dynamism of contemporary South African photography to a Dutch audience; there are, after all, historic links between the two countries. Today, twenty years after South Africa’s first-ever free elections were held in 1994, Goldblatt is not alone in having a solid international reputation; he is joined by Guy Tillim, Jo Ractliffe, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi and Pieter Hugo, as well as by a new cohort of younger photographers such as Mikhael Subotzky, Daniel Naudé, and Sabelo Mlangeni. The dynamism and breadth of contemporary South African photography is due in no small part to the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg, where – under John Fleetwood’s leadership – many remarkable talents have emerged over a comparatively short period of time.
In Apartheid & After the past is alive and kicking, but historic facts are brought into a visual dialogue with the world of today – history is key to the present, and vice versa. In the history of South African photography, political upheaval imposed an urgency which in turn led to today’s rich and diverse spectrum of positions – with no agreement yet in sight. Good photographs are the telling details of a greater whole, and in this exhibition it is precisely the special filtering of detail – a myriad of deceptively simple things – which so clearly delineate the broad sweep of history.