From inspiring images of wildlife to different cultures around the world, here are the top photography exhibitions to see in Cape Town in 2017.
Disclosure at SMAC Gallery
‘Disclosure’, on show at SMAC Gallery in Woodstock, showcases the work of 16 multimedia artists from southern Africa, including young South African photographers, Andile Buka and Mosa Anita Kaiser.
‘Disclosure’ brings together artworks that investigate alternative means of combining medium, subject and theme, with each piece individually created to engage with the framework of its geopolitical context. At the same time, the exhibition offers insight into current artistic practice and innovation on the African continent.
Andile Buka, a self-taught photographer from Johannesburg, is exhibiting his first published body of work titled ‘Crossing Strangers’. The series’ black and white portraits explore Buka’s personal engagement with the past and current landscapes of Johannesburg and the people who inhabit it.
Emerging artist Mosa Anita Kaiser presents a series of nudes that highlight the raw beauty of the untouched female body with all its flaws.
Disclosure is currently on show at SMAC Gallery Cape Town until May 18, 2017.
‘An Ode to She’ at Christopher Moller Gallery
The Christopher Moller Gallery will be presenting a solo exhibition of works by local visual artist, Tony Gum. Gum shot to fame with her ‘Black Coca Cola’ series which portrays her acceptance of Western brands while staying true to her African roots. Gum has since produced four more photographic series that reflect her take on Western views of femininity, pop culture and African identity in a fresh and playful manner. Her solo exhibition ‘An Ode to She’ will feature old and new works hot on the trail of her showcase at Art Basel Miami at the end of 2016.
An Ode to She will run from April 26 to June 7, 2017.
1% Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality
‘1% Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality’ is a world-renowned exhibition that examines the incongruity of wealth and privilege in the face of global poverty and inequality. The exhibition is derived from a photo-book of the same name curated by Myles Little which features 30 images by top contemporary photographers from around the world.
Currently on show at Chavonnes Battery Museum until April 27, 2017.
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017
The 2017 edition of ‘Underwater Photographer of the Year’, a British photography competition, opens at Chavonnes Battery Museum on May 1. The exhibition features amazing images of marine wildlife captured by the world’s best underwater photographers. This year’s winning photograph depicting a ‘Dancing Octopus’ was taken in the lagoon of Mayotte by Gabriel Barathieu of France.
On show from May to November 2017.
NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017
The acclaimed Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is currently on show at London’s Natural History Museum until September. From there it will travel to more than 60 cities across the world, including Cape Town. The Chavonnes Battery Museum aims to host the Cape Town leg of the tour from December to April 2018, pending a £25,000 sponsorship.
Photography at Stevenson Gallery
The Stevenson Gallery will be exhibiting a group art show from June 8 to July 15 featuring the work of Penny Siopis, Lyle Ashton Harris, Jody Brand and Mitchell Gilbert Messina. Harris is a renowned American artist whose work ranges from photographic media to installation art, while Capetonian photographer Jody Brand captures intriguing images of club and street culture. The gallery will also present solo exhibitions by Guy Tillim and Zanele Muholi from August 31 to October 7 and October 12 to November 18 respectively. Both Tillim and Muholi are award-winning South African photographers.