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Joburg Photo Umbrella

 Joburg Photo Umbrella
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The Joburg Photo Umbrella is the first public photography-specific programme in the city of Johannesburg to bring together and network a wide range of photography content, exhibitions, activities and dialogue. 31 photography projects and more than 150 photographers and photo-practioners are directly included in this first edition of the Photo Umbrella covering the whole of Johannesburg, Gauteng as well as international participation: from Parktown to Soweto, from Brixton to Brighton.

The Market Photo Workshop with the British Council Connect ZA, in partnership with Brighton Photo Biennial in the UK, under the hospice of the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, wanted to create a platform to bring photography communities together. As the medium of photography has become a tool for everyone through mobile and other technologies, photography poses a platform to share ideas about who we are and how we define ourselves.

The idea of an umbrella being inclusive of different elements is key to this project, as it seeks to include various visual art institutions that operate within Johannesburg. Working in partnership with these various institutions to develop interest in photography and create a platform to cultivate visual literacy by making the medium more accessible to the general public, the Joburg Photo Umbrella seeks to encourage critical engagement of photography by working through the boundaries, which the discipline negotiates.

Projects forming part of the Joburg Photo Umbrella include exhibitions, talks, screenings and workshops all taking place throughout the city of Johannesburg during the month of November. The main exhibition A Return to Elsewhere, a collaboration between UK photographer Kalpesh Lathigra and SA photographer Thabiso Sekgala, is a co-commission for the Joburg Photo Umbrella and Brighton Photo Biennial 2014. There are also several Open Call photo-based projects, exhibitions, workshops and screenings that engage with different communities.

The participation of art institutions and galleries around Johannesburg is a key component of the project. Joburg Photo Umbrella is proud to be associated with Stevenson, Goethe- Institute Johannesburg, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Ithuba Art Gallery, David Krut Projects, Hector Pieterson Museum, Museum Africa, Bensusan Museum & Library of Photography, Two by Two Art Studio, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Eyethu Gallery/Arts Project.

Join us for the Launch at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown on the 8 November from 10am – 5pm with opening speeches at 12noon. It will be day of photography, an open- air market and light music.

A Return to Elsewhere

A Return to Elsewhere is a collaboration between photographers Kalpesh Lathigra (UK) and Thabiso Sekgala (SA) to develop work within communities in two primary locations,

Marabastad and Laudium, South Africa and Brighton, in the UK. Exploring understandings of belonging, histories, silences, memory and loss; it creates narratives, and raises questions, around truth and fiction and notions of connect and disconnect. The exhibition opens at Mary Fitzgerald Square on 8 November at 12noon.

Open Call Projects

10 photo-based projects were selected through an open call and are showing in various venues around Johannesburg. They take the formats of pop-up exhibitions, participatory projects, multimedia works and publication, exhibitions on street poles and traditional media format like posters and flyers. The aim of these projects is to create a new public platform for photography and engage a broader audience of the already established art and photography community. These are projects are: Woza Sisi – Dahlia Maubane, Uprooted – The People of Sophiatown – Cornel Tukiri, Portraits of Actonville – Hemisha Bhana, Johannesburg Photomarathon – Johannesburg Photo Walkers, From Jozi to Joza – Be Kind Speak Out (Collective), Losing Ground – Matt Kay, Up Jump The Boogie With Nunchucks Of Fury – Ntando Marumo, Dog Walkers – Marc Shoul, Mine Waste – Tebogo Moche, and Sunday Best – Antony Kaminju.

Taxi Wrap

A special commission of Jerry Obakeng Gaegane’s body of work Marang a Letsatsi is wrapping taxis on the Dobsonville – Johannesburg route from 24 October to 23 December. This body of work will also be showing at Eyethu Lifestyle Centre, Soweto from 13-30 November.

The Photocopy Club?Collectives in South Africa, the UK and from the rest of the world were invited to send photocopies of their photography to be shown as part of the Photocopy Club: Collectives exhibition at the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 and the Joburg Photo Biennial 2014. Photocopy Club is a UK based photography exhibition project showing photocopied works from photographers across the world. The best of these entries will be part of a zine-making workshop in their countries, thus South Africa collectives are part of a workshop at Two by Two Art Studio in Newtown from 3 – 6 November 2014. This workshop will culminate in an exhibition on the 7th November in Newtown.

Digital Storytelling

Photojournalist will be part of a 3-day workshop on digital storytelling with Dr. David J. Clarke, a specialist in short-form multimedia journalism, both as a practitioner and trainer, and is based at the Beijing Foreign Studies University in China. The workshop will take place at the Market Photo Workshop. Participants will be a combination of established media practitioners, Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme (PDP) alumni and community media photojournalists. The outcomes of the workshop will be screened

on Sunday 9 November 2014.

Talks Programme

A three-day programme of talks from the 10 – 12 November will bring the photography community into conversation with each other and its audiences. The talks will discuss the commissioned exhibition A Return to Elsewhere, African photographers will be in conversation on communities of practice and strategic support, engaging perspectives from Lagos, Cairo and Harare, this discussion will debate these questions and assess where the learning of African photography and support stands today. The Open Call photographers will share their experience interacting with communities during the production of their projects.

5 Photographers

Taking photography close to its sources of inspiration and communities, that is what is informing the photography screening evening at Eyethu Lifestlye Centre in Soweto. The five invited photographers will showcase their work and discuss their creative processes. The invite photographers are: Buyaphi Mdledle, Lauren Mulligan, Mamaki Rakotsoana, Sipho Gongxeka and Thandile Zwelibanzi.

For more information on dates, venues and times please visit the Joburg Photo Umbrella website at www.joburgphotoumbrella.co.za and http://joburgphotoumbrella.tumblr.com

Joburg Photo Umbrella is part of SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 which is a partnership between the Department of Arts & Culture, South Africa and the British Council.

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