Exhibition: Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi at Tate Modern

If it wasn’t for a friend reminding me of this exhibition, I would have missed seeing it completely. I am so glad that I did manage to catch it before it ended.

Most exhibitions that were ending around March/April were extended to the end of May and this is how I managed to see Zanele Muholi’s at Tate Modern. Tickets were selling pretty fast, but I was lucky to get one at a time I could go when the kids were in school and still have enough time to commute back home to pick them up.

Muholi’s exhibition was HUGE. There was so many things to see – prints, publications and videos. This exhibition was a collection of various projects they have worked on over the years as a visual activist and they still continue to document the LGBTQIA+ community in South Africa.

I spent just over 2hrs in the space with most of it watching the videos. The longest one being Sharing Stories, where eight participants of this video shared their stories about their lives and experiences living in South Africa as part of the LGBTQUIA+ community.

I did a vlog of my visit to this exhibition, but it is not the same as being there. The video and photographs shared here is just a glimpse of what was showcased and it is one of those exhibitions that is a must see in person.

CW: The exhibition contained themes of sexual discrimination, hate crimes and racism. Sexual images were also present, but I tried as much as possible not to include them in my video and photographs due to their sensitive nature.

The exhibition was on from 5 November 2020 – 31 May 2021.

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Exhibition: Sunil Gupta -From Here to Eternity

The Sunil Gupta Retrospective at The Photographers’ Gallery.

CW: Nudity

The galleries in England are now open and I really missed being in those space. Just wondering around looking at artwork and engaging my creative senses with other people’s ideas is something that I enjoy doing.

I was glad that I got a chance to see Sunil Gupta’s Retrospective From Here to Eternity at The Photographers’ Gallery before it ended. I vlogged my experience and even took a few photos of the exhibition.

I also got to see Evgenia Arbugaeva: Hyperborea – Stories from the Russian Arctic exhibition on the same day.

If you are reading this before the 31st of May and are in London, please go and see both exhibitions. I highly recommend it.
Tickets are £5 for adults / £2.50 concessions. Members & under 18s go free.

The exhibition has now ended.

If you have reached here, thank you for reading my blog post.

Drinking loads of tea/coffee makes it happen and your support is always welcome.

First Photo Challenge of 2020

This year, I said I should blog more, but with that comes the challenge of what to blog about. I also decided to cut down on my social media consumption/use so I can have more time to be able to do so (I declared this on my first and ‘possibly’ the last post on my Instagram feed). However, I still cannot resist the urge to check out Instagram and I come across some pretty awesome stuff, one of which has inspired this blog post.

The Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie 2020 “The Lives and Loves of Images” – an extensive photography exhibition curated by David Campany is happening from the 29 February – 26 April across three cities in Germany – Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg. There will be works from over 70 artists showcased in six museums, with talks, discussions and workshops events during this time. On their Instagram feed, they have been introducing participating artists by asking them to give ‘instructions’ to their followers. You take a picture with said instructions, you upload it on Instagram using the hashtag #biennale_instructions and your photograph will be posted on their feed.

Here are some of the artists (exhibition name) and their ‘instructions’ that have been shared so far:

  • Peter Puklus (When Images Collide)  – Create your own, personal universe. You are the Sun.
  • Jessica Potter (Walker Evans Revisited) – Take a photograph of a gesture.
    Take a photograph of someone walking away.
  • Patrick Pound (Walker Evans Revisited) – As a record, the photograph is always a trace of something.
    Try taking photographs that are records of traces (from shadows to stains and remnants).
  • Joshua Murfitt (All Art if Photography) – Make a photo where a subject is obscured.
  • Sara Greenberger Rafferty (When Images Collide) – Make a picture without a camera (or phone) and do not post it.
  • Antonio Peréz Río (All Art is Photography) – Take pictures of screens. More concretely, take pictures of pictures on the screens. Pictures that people are taking or pictures that you took. Focus on what happens on the screens and its formal and content connections with the world around. Focus on the foreground but don’t forget the background. Make a single photograph or a whole story with a sequence of pictures.
  • Thomas Wunsch (Between Art and Commerce) – Find a photographic theme with care and passion. Then take a look at how other photographers have treated this topic in the past. Think about how you can edit this topic. Find a niche. Be different. Make it interesting. Attract attention. And don’t hold back. It’s your chance to tell the world something.

So, where do I come in? Well, I thought I should challenge myself and pretend for just one minute that I was posting on my Instagram feed. Why not take one of these instructions and share my own photograph using the hashtag #biennale_instructions and instead of posting it on my IG feed, I post it here?

I decided to follow Patrick Pound’s instructions –

  • As a record, the photograph is always a trace of something.
    Try taking photographs that are records of traces (from shadows to stains and remnants).

This one resonated with me as I am currently working on a ‘Remnants’ series of photographs. Here I am sharing a photograph I haven’t posted on my blog before following said instructions.


Reflections of Syzygy in The Blue Room, 2019

If you were to follow any of the instructions, which one would you pick? Or, why not attempt this challenge with me? Link back to my blog so I can see which instructions you followed.