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Africa's way in photographs

By Patience Bambalele | Dec 10, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

SEASONED photographer Juda Ngwenya will be showcasing a selection of his private photographs at the Springs Art Gallery from December 14.

The solo exhibition is sponsored by the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality and the Gauteng department of sport, recreation, arts and culture.

Curated by Prince Dube, the exhibition consists of photographs taken in African countries such as South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burkina Faso.

Ngwenya's work is of the highest standard and he has the ability to compose a picture that is worth more than a thousand words.

"There are about 100 photographs to be viewed. All the photographs, as the signatures of images, are their own language and a medium centred on reflexivity.

"Consider Ngwenya as a surveillance guide who moves towards capturing the image as seen by his eye," Dube says.

Dube explains that through his photographs Ngwenya turns the viewer's attention to the framing of Africans in Africa.

"From a particularised perspective and expression, these photographs frame the history of 10 countries, as the history of Africa, in addition to other cultures."

Through his photographs viewers will be able to learn about what subjects Ngwenya engages for instruction.

"His photos enable people to learn how the subject projects at the moment and how we may come to understand how others might see us seeing ourselves."

Ngwenya has been taking photos since 1970. He was among a group of photographers who covered the violence on the East Rand.

The exhibition will run until February 12.


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