Themba Limba is a family man who is caught between his flourishing career as a teacher and municipal councilor and his overriding sexual interests. Despite his attempts to maintain his status in the community, his actions eventually lead to his downfall. What follows is an account – sometimes tragic, occasionally humorous, and always compelling – of Themba’s efforts to regain his dignity and pride in the eyes of his family and community.
In The White Casket, Japanese artist Miwa Yanagi has created a bizarre fantasy world inhabited by department store “elevator girls”. In upscale Japanese department stores, the elevator girl performs the role of a hostess, directing customers to their destinations while lending an aura of elegance to the shopping experience.
From the late 1970s onward, serious art photography began to be made at large scale and for the wall. Michael Fried argues that this immediately compelled photographers to grapple with issues centering on the relationship between the photograph and the viewer standing before it that until then had been the province only of painting.
Traditional photography books put me to sleep – They were untouchable, academic and boring. For me, design, graphics and layout were almost as important as the photographs themselves. And that’s why I did everything I could to create a new kind of visual book”. William Klein,
This book celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March on the Union Buildings. It provides a dramatic and unprecedented showcase of photographic talent, from the early pioneers of social documentary, including Anne Fischer and Constance Stuart Larrabee, to the challenging images created by women in South Africa today.
A look into the talent of South African female photographers
Commissioned by the Ministry of Arts and Culture, this book celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1956 women’s march on the Union Buildings. It provides a dramatic and unprecedented showcase of photographic talent, from the early pioneers of social documentary, including Anne Fischer and Constance Stuart Larrabee, to the challenging images created by women in South Africa today. 75 photographers and almost 400 images are included.
Developing the argument that through aesthetic force emerges the truly political, the book moves beyond polarization of the aesthetic and the cultural. Instead, photographic works are read for their subversive political and cultural force, as it emerges through the aesthetics of the image.
This book is ideal for students of Photography, Art History, Art and Visual Culture, and Gender.
Women war artists have acted as witnesses to many of the major conflicts of the twentieth century, from the First and Second World Wars to the current engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some have been commissioned through Official War Art schemes; others have worked independently, bringing an unofficial and independent perspective to our view of conflict.
In this very beautiful volume of his work Nabil has focused on men at the hour of sleep, either alone or in tangent positions, an aura of erotica hovers above each image. Yet Nabil avoids the ‘in your face’ imagery so prevalent in other photographers of the male books.
The catalogue to Zander Blom’s first exhibition at Michael Stevenson introduces three new bodies of ‘work in progress’ – oil and graphite paintings on Belgian linen, ink and graphite drawings on paper, and The Black Hole Universe, the first two chapters in a new series of photographs, taken in S Paulo and Berlin. The catalogue…
Zander Blom was born in Pretoria in 1982 and currently lives in Johannesburg. Working as an artist since 2002, Blom’s physical output includes painting, drawing, printmaking, installation and photography (primarily as a means to document the development of his physical works).
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“The Travels of Bad” documents the travels of an idealist Machiavellian hero, guitar in hand, on a crusade to revitalise the arts of the culture capital of the world. Fuelled by equal measures of blind optimism and hedonism, the search for new ideas and exotic flavours takes our hero to a fictional paradise setting where this bizarre satirical action tragedy literally starts to unravel.
The Travels of Bad comprises a 48-page mini-novella with 17 photographic works and a 17-track album soundtrack. The exhibition includes a selection of sculptures and merchandise.
The works will also feature prominently at the JoBurg Art Fair from 3-5 April 2009 at the Rooke Gallery stand and the exhibition will travel to WhatIfTheWorld/Gallery in Cape Town to open on 27 May 2009 and close on 27 June 2009.
A photographer and an activist, Zanele Muholi offers us the chance to journey across our own boundaries – to think differently about blackness, female forms, skins, bodies and sexualities in a way that is unprecedented in South Africa.
Documentary evidence exists of 700 years of coal mining in the Ruhr District of Germany, one of Europeâ€™s largest and most densely populated industrial regions. To this day, approximately 9.6 billion tons of hard coal have been mined in the state of North-Rhine-Westphalia. On June 30, 2000, almost 100 years of mining history came to an end in Ahlen with the closure of the Zeche Westfahlen, which had been opened in 1902 with the inauguration of the Bergwerkgesellschaft Westfahlen.