Musée National du Mali

Commissaires / Curators : John Fleetwood avec / with Jo Ractliffe & Svea Josephy

Photographs do not offer a clear picture of history, or of the present. On the contrary, the fragmented and subjective nature of images prevents their content from offering a clear and linear understanding of time and space. Following two decades of democracy, questions regarding the ways in which the past continues to move into the present, and how it persists in holding its place in the future, permeate throughout South African culture. Lingering pasts and hopeful futures have created spaces for new identities and new perspectives to be born. Transformations and transitions in society, such as socio-economic, political and cul- tural changes of perception with regards to and within urban and popular cultures (and new iden- tities borne out of these cultures), globalization, technological advancement within the cultural sphere, and postcolonial re-readings of our cities and spaces have often led to anachronisms within the many-layered South African culture.

This group exhibition highlights the ways in which contemporary South African photographers engage the notion of time twenty years after the advent of democracy (from 1994–2014). The work is drawn from the Tierney Fellowship’s programme, in partnership with the Market Photo Workshop, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town and the Wits School of Arts, which has supported talented emerging photographers dating back to 2008.

Institut Français
Ministère de la Culture de l’Artisanat et du Tourisme du Mali