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Take a journey with photography at the Living Legacy exhibition

The Market Theater Foundation presents Living Legacy, a collective photographic exhibition at the Market Photo Workshop, from June 29 to July 30.

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Living Legacy explores a selection of images from the Market Photo Workshop archives from 2007 to 2022. It reflects on how the creation and recreation of images in photography has evolved and serves as a reflection and reminder of the past and how that past inform the future.

By reviving the work that until now has lain silently in the archives and presenting it in this form for the world to see, we ask ourselves how this work has changed and shaped our understanding and what meaning and lasting impact has- does he?

Thanks to this renewal, these images once again occupy our creative space and our collective imagination, offering us a new opportunity to understand ourselves and the world in which we live.

The exhibition is organized by former students of the institution, Fezeka Mophethe and Dianah Chiyangwa and was curated by Refilwe Nkomo.

Bongani Mahlangu, the director of Market Photo Workshop said that a photographer by the name of Yann Arthus-Bertrand once said that “the earth is an art, the photographer is only a witness”.

“This reflective exhibition of works selected from archives dating back more than a decade is in a way a recreation of art, a reflection on various events that helped shape what has evolved until today. today.

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“It is our collective responsibility not only to ensure the safeguarding of our historical documents, but also to use the lessons of the past by engaging in a campaign to raise awareness of the usefulness of archival resources in understanding our past, address the complex issues of the present and make smart choices to shape our destiny,” he said.

Wesley Hlongwane (15), the youngest of the dancers, takes the lead during a practice session at the Drill Hall on April 8, 2015. Photo: Jacques Nelles

All public programs are free and open to the public.

What do you want to know:

• Opening of the Living Legacy exhibition on June 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Atelier Photo Marché.

• Legacy Exchange Last Thursday Talks, Market Photo Workshop, June 30, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

• Curator Walkabout, Market Photo Workshop, July 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Closing and launch of the virtual exhibition, Atelier Photo Marché, July 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About curators

• Dianah Chiyangwa is a Zimbabwean-born freelance photojournalist, documentary photographer and writer based in Johannesburg.

Her work focuses on women and children, migration, health and environmental issues.

His journey began in 2014 after completing his photojournalism and documentary photography courses at the Market Photo Workshop.

In 2019, she participated in the training workshop on poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking and digital identity in Africa through the Wits-Journalism Africa China reporting project.

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In 2020, she completed Epidemiology 101 online for journalists based in Africa through the McGill International Tuberculosis Centre, Chatham House, MESHA Science and the Bhekisisa Center for Health Journalism.

She is a Top 30 shortlist for the Media Monitoring Africa and Isu Elihle Awards 2020 and 2021, as well as a finalist for the 2021 Agenda 2063 Photojournalism Award.

Chiyangwa is also a 2021/22 International Women’s Media Foundation Gender Justice Reporting Fellow, 2022 Code for Africa Data Journalism Fellow and 2022 African Women in Media Environmental Journalism Fellow.

• Fezeka Jacqueline Mophethe is a 23-year-old visual artist working in photography.

Based in Vosloorus, Boksburg, she attended the Market Photo Workshop from 2019 to 2020 where she completed the basic course, the intermediate course and the advanced course in photography.

Mophethe started photography by taking pictures of herself and things around her using her cell phone.

His mother bought him a camera in 2018, where his love for photography grew.

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She was fascinated by self-portraiture and a bit of street photography.

Residents of Olievenhoutbosch in Centurion barricaded the R55 road as they protest against the unfair distribution of RDP houses in their neighborhood (November 9, 2015). Photo: Gwinyai Israel Mawoyo.

The photographers who inspire her work are Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman and Vivian Maier.

Mophethe has a body of work named Ubhuhle Bam (my beauty) in which she uses the self-portrait mode to talk about the colorism she has experienced.

This work was featured in the first group exhibition East Rand Clash of the Mediums in 2019.

She has participated in various group exhibitions including two group exhibitions IHIYA and She Bad Ba in 2021 and Working The Land in 2022.

• Refilwe Nkomo is a Johannesburg-based multidisciplinary artist, curator, educator and producer creating cultural and artistic interventions, programs and installations using various mediums including performance, video, text and dance at the intersection of the arts and social justice.

His research and performances have won numerous awards and been presented in South Africa, South Korea, Ghana, Botswana, Brazil, Germany and the United States of America.

She has founded and co-founded numerous organizations and platforms, including We Are Here, a nonprofit working with men and boys to dismantle gender-based violence.

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She is a 2019/2020 Clore Chevening Scholar and one of the 2020 M&G 200 Young South Africans.

She was previously the director of VANSA (Visual Arts Network of South Africa).

Her work focuses on memory, archives, feminism, black performance theory, trauma, affect and social change.

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