Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography – Victoria and Albert Museum

Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography

Sponsored by Standard Bank

12 April – 17 July 2011

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Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography

This exhibition presents the vibrant and sophisticated photographic culture that has emerged in post-apartheid South Africa. It features works by some of the most exciting and inventive photographers living and working in South Africa today. The photographs on display respond to the country’s powerful rethinking of issues of identity across race, gender, class and politics.

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Figures & Fictions Exhibition

‘Blitz Maaneveld’, David Goldblatt, 2008. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery

The exhibition features 17 photographers who question what it is to be human at this time in South Africa with politically-engaged images arising from a challenging period in the country’s history. The photographs depict people within their individual, family and community lives, practicing religious customs, observing social rituals, wearing street fashion or existing on the fringes of society.

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The Photographers

‘Pieter and Maryna Vermeulen with Timana Phosiwa’, Pieter Hugo. © Pieter Hugo. Courtesy of Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

The 17 photographers featured are some of the most exciting and inventive living and working in South Africa today. They range from established practitioners such as David Goldblatt, Santu Mofokeng, Pieter Hugo and Zwelethu Mthethwa, to a new generation including Zanele Muholi and Hassan and Husain Essop.

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