7.17.2010

ZWELETHU MTHETHWA: Flak Photo Weekend

Zwelethu Mthethwa Monograph from The Aperture Foundation
Flak Photo
is giving away 3 copies of this book to their Facebook fans!
Exhibition
The Studio Museum in Harlem July 15-Oct 24, 2010

From the series Sugar Cane, 2003
Photograph (c) Zwelethu Mthethwa /All Rights Reserved

From the series Sugar Cane, 2007
Photograph (c) Zwelethu Mthethwa /All Rights Reserved

Untitled
Photograph (c) Zwelethu Mthethwa /All Rights Reserved


From the series Interiors, documenting the domestic lives of migrant workers around Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph (c) Zwelethu Mthethwa /All Rights Reserved

Flak Photo July Weekend features work of South African photographer, Zwelethu Mthethwa. There's a link to the beautiful Photographer Video's. Worth the time to view or just listen to them. And incredibly Flak Photo is giving away 3 copies of the book to their Facebook fans! Join here

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"Since Apartheid's fall in 1994, South African photography has exploded from the grip of censorship onto the world stage. A key figure in this movement is Zwelethu Mthethwa, whose portraits powerfully frame black South Africans as dignified and defiant individuals, even under the duress of social and economic hardship.

Photographing in urban and rural industrial landscapes, Mthethwa documents a range of aspects in present-day South Africa, from domestic life and the environment to landscape and labor issues. His stunning portraits often portray rural immigrants on the margins of South African cities, revealing the efforts of his subjects to maintain their cultural identities through their choices in clothing, and the decoration of their dwellings. His singular oeuvre challenges both traditional conventions of African commercial studio photography and Western documentary work, marking a transition away from the typical exoticized images that encapsulate what curator Okwui Enwezor describes as "afro pessimism."


Zwelethu Mthethwa: Inner Views
Exhibition July 15-October 24, 2010

The Studio Museum in Harlem
144 West 125th Street, NYC

2 comments:

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

I really have to get to this exhibit. Wonderful photography, I think I just read about it in the New York times as well. Thank you!

Susan said...

Awesome and inspiring photography. Think I spot a new trend in wallpaper too..