In 2006, the Iziko South African National Gallery received an invitation from the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, in Germany, to curate an exhibition of Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa. This was exhibited in four German cities, Berlin, Sindelfingen, Bochum and Chemnitz during the course of 2007. Reality Check shows a selection of work from the larger exhibition.
Prior to the 1990s in South Africa, the dominance of politically engaged documentary photography relegated alternative and experimental expressions in the medium to the margins. Current photographic practice reveals both disjuncture and continuity in the documentary tradition, and an engagement with a wide range of concerns and forms. The personal is given new weight, and issues around identity, self-representation and gender are explored alongside landscape and post-apartheid memory. The work of the twelve contemporary photographers and artists on this exhibition provides an indication of the diverse practices through which photographers explore the realities of our radically changing world.
The following are represented on Reality Check: Bridget Baker, Lien Botha, Jean Brundrit, David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Jo Ractliffe, Mikhael Subotzky, Guy Tillim, Andrew Tshabangu and Nontsikelelo ‘Lolo’ Veleko.
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