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Talk: Developing Landscapes @ The John and June Allcott Gallery, UNC, Hanes Art Center

Lunchtime talk: with the Department Chair Prof. Carol Magee, photographer Uche Okpa-Iroha, curators Prof. Jina Valentine and Prof. Gesche Würfel.

Tshepiso Mazibuko, Bongiwe Phakathi, Mpho Mokgadi, Nkosinathi_Khumalo, Remofiloe Sebobe, Tegobo Moche

©Nkosinathi Khumalo, Miner, from the series Migrant, 2013. Market Photo Workshop

©Nkosinathi Khumalo, Miner, from the series Migrant, 2013. Market Photo Workshop

Developing Landscapes presents a selection of work from alumni of the Market Photo Workshop’s Advanced Programme in Photography. The exhibition engages landscape as it is formed by politics, trauma and the post-1994 social and political imagination in South Africa. The selected photographs engage the South African landscape as a complex accumulation marked by Apartheid-era policies of segregation and forced removal, and post-1994 negotiations of belonging. The exhibition frames the complexity of “development” within the often problematic logic of post-1994 rural and urban land development policies in South Africa, as well as the development of new conceptual positions to landscape that young South Africans are negotiating as contemporary agents within a shifting politics of land ownership. 

The Market Photo Workshop is a school of photography and project space based in Johannesburg, South Africa. For over twenty-seven years, the Market Photo Workshop has played a pivotal role in the training of South Africa’s photographers, ensuring that visual literacy reaches neglected and marginalized parts of our society. World-renowned photographer, David Goldblatt contributed vastly to the establishment of Market Photo Workshop in 1988 - 1989. Since then, the Photo Workshop has been an agent of change and representation, informing photographers, visual artists, educators, students and broader communities of trends, issues, and debates in photography and visual culture.

The Advanced Programme in Photography at Photo Workshop runs for 12 months and is designed for practitioners who are interested in pursuing photography from an authorship point of view. Many of our photographers produce work that hovers over some blurred territories of documentary photography and what is classified as art photography in our immediate environment or community of practice.

Contact name and information: Prof. Jina Valentine valentine@unc.edu, Prof. Gesche Würfel, wuerfel@email.unc.edu

The John and June Allcott Gallery

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Hanes Art Center

115 South Columbia Street, Chapel Hill

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