IN PLAIN SIGHT: SOCIAL LIFE IN SOUTH AFRICA AND ROMANIA BEFORE AND AFTER 1989
Galeria ApARTe of George Enescu University of Arts & Borderline Art Space, Iasi, Romania

 

Artists: Omar Badsha (SA), Matei Bejenaru (RO), Tanisha Bhana (SA), Reshma Chhiba (SA), Claudiu Cobilanschi (RO), Paul Emmanuel (SA), Lebohang Kganye (SA), Iosif Kiraly (RO), Andrei Nacu (RO), Cedric Nunn (SA), Dumitru Oboroc (RO)

Curators: Cristian Nae (RO) and Judy Peter (SA)

The nineties were a turning point for countries in the former Eastern European bloc and for South African society. While Romanian society underwent violent changes of the political regime in the transition from socialism to a primarily savage form of capitalism, South Africa embarked on the road leading to the end of apartheid in 1994. The new dispensation was marked by the jubilation of the Rainbow Nation and the African Renaissance as vehicles to grapple with the social constructions of identities in a ‘new’ South Africa.

Exploring the capacity of the photographic medium to capture and reproduce ordinary views of daily life and to transform habitual ways of looking at these images, thus releasing their implicit political potentialities, the current exhibition presents for the first time in Romania, a selection of contemporary photography from South Africa, set in dialogue with Romanian artists who employ the medium of photography to investigate recent, small scale social processes and transformations. While South African artists are critically adressing issues related to race, ethnicity, class and gender, constructing micro-cartographies of civil and economic disposession, Romanian artists are more poetically involved in the exploration of lines of fracture in collective memory, social marginality and precarious economies.

The curators selected The Lost Men France IV for this exhibition.

 

 

Links
Center for Contemporary Photography, Iasi, Romania website


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