An exhibition of David Goldblatt’s personal selection of photographers opens in Johannesburg.
David Goldblatt, South Africa’s iconic documentary photographer has devoted his photography career to observe and document his country for over 60 years.
Globally known, respected and acclaimed for his work, Goldblatt has chosen four photographers from the region whose work he admires, to be featured in a new exhibition at the Gerard Sekoto Gallery in Johannesburg:
“Every now and then I see photographs that fill me with admiration and a sense of gladness for the strength and insight of the vision of photographers working here, very often with little reward or recognition,” Goldblatt says.
A tribute to David Goldblatt: An exhibition of Alexia Webster, Jabulani Dhlamini, Mauro Vombe and Pierre Crocquet
Curated by John Fleetwood (and David Goldblatt)
David Goldblatt has strong links with France. In 2016, he was awarded « Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres » by the Ambassador of France to South Africa. This year, as a way to acknowledge his contribution to the world of photography, an exhibition, looking back over his career through a selection of the major series of his body of work was presented at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
David Goldblatt explains: “When the Ambassador of France to South Africa, Christophe Farnaud, became aware that I was to have an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, he suggested that we should celebrate here. He was very open-minded about what form that could take. I thought then that this could be an opportunity to look at some of the photography – really a tiny fraction of the photography – coming from this part of the world today. So I suggested to the Ambassador and he agreed to an exhibition of photographs to celebrate some of that work. Then I asked John Fleetwood if he would curate the show which I am very happy to say he agreed to do.”
The exhibition is curated by John Fleetwood and David Goldblatt. John Fleetwood is the director of Photo: a photography platform for curatorial and educational projects that relate to the African continent. He is the convener for democraSEE, an award and mentorship programme for Southern African photographers. Fleetwood was the Head of the Market Photo Workshop between 2002 and 2015. He works closely with the Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa and other institutions of learning and mentorship. He participated in numerous national and international exhibitions.
The Gerard Sekoto Gallery was established in 2004 with the objective to create a place to enhance dialogue between international artists – with a focus on South African and French artists – hosted at the Alliance Française of Johannesburg. The gallery has hosted many different exhibitions including September Jive, Koif, Sibyllines and Clement Garnung. The Gerard Sekoto Gallery annually hosts the winner of the ABSA L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award.
The exhibition has been made possible by the French Institute of South Africa and the Alliance Française of Johannesburg.