Lampposts II: Between Stasis and Movement an exhibition by Bongani Khoza.
22 October-18 November 2021
Photo Workshop Gallery
Ordinary everyday spaces are warehouses of personal and collective memories. Lamppost II is a continued exploration of the phenomenon of people’s movement through space and time. The rhythm of life captured here as image both moving and still suggests the urban congestion of places often invested with emotions that become spaces contested at certain times of the day. The quietness of these spaces recorded during late weekday mornings, evenings and weekends, makes room for the contemplation of the nature of occupation and its relationship to spatial dispossession in South Africa today.
Lamppost I & II is an ode to Santu Mofokeng, whose essay of the same name deploys the urban object of the lamppost as narrative illumination of his own life and times that begins outside his childhood home in Orlando East, Soweto and ends in an unlocated divorce court. “Between Stasis and Movement” is Lamppost’s second instalment that suspends the photographic moment into what Tina Campt calls, ‘still-moving-images’ that “require the labour of feeling with or through them”. The locations you are asked to feel with and through, rendered as static and in motion, have been established for public use within the boundaries of the Gauteng province but they all have restricted access.
Exhibition text co-written and curated with Candice Jansen.
About Bongani Khoza
Bongani Khoza is currently a Lecturer in Photography and Digital Media in the Multimedia department at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), University of Johannesburg (UJ). An experimental video artist, animator and photographer with a demonstrated history of working as an instructional designer helping course teams develop and produce Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for the University of the Witwatersrand.
Bongani uses a wide range of photographic and art practices, including stop-frame animation and experimental video installations. His current focus is on using photography and video installations to re-contextualize public and private structures within the public space, capturing the occupation, usage, contestation, and physical detail of these structures. His work engages with interdependencies and segregations evolved in modern-day South African life.
About Candice Jansen
Candice Jansen writes on photography. Her post-graduate qualifications include a Master of Liberal Studies at Duke University as an American Association of University Women Fellow in 2014. Jansen also spent a year at Duke’s Centre for Documentary Studies as Exhibition Assistant. She conducted her doctoral research at WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) as a PHD fellow in Art History. Her dissertation, “COLOURED BLACK: The Life & Works of South African Photographers, Cedric Nunn and Ernest Cole” (2019), was completed at Northwestern University’s “Program for Critical Theory in the Global South”, as a pre-doctoral Fellow. Jansen has written and spoken on photography for the Toronto Photography Seminar, Aperture, Centers of Learning for Photography in Africa, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Curating the Archive, and the International Workshop in Visual History and Theory at the University of the Western Cape. She is the editor of Black Photo Libraries and was responsible for research, archives, and exhibitions at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg (2019-2021).
About the Market Photo Workshop
Lamppost II: Between Stasis and Movement continues Market Photo Workshop’s work on Santu Mofokeng, whose research, writing and reading photography is taken up as a critical strategy for the production and excavation of visual histories for the present. Its research focus through Mofokeng addresses the need for greater visibility of African photographers and their practices to be taught, learnt from, and referenced in the culture at large.