Exhibition for hire :

Graeme Williams : Painting over the Present

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Graeme Williams : Painting over the Present 2010 - I began this project 16 years after the end of apartheid rule in South Africa. As a photographer, I have explored the transformation of society and aspects of change as a general theme. In this particular essay I have focused on the environments occupied by some of South Africa’s poorest people. It would seem that although wealth and power have shifted hands since the first democratic elections in 1994, many of the benefits of these shifts have failed to filter down to grassroots level. The photographs focus on the interiors and exteriors of people’s homes. They are intentionally static in their composition in order to accentuate the minutiae of the occupants’ day-to-day dwelling places. The bright colours captured in these photographs act as visual trinkets to momentarily distract the viewer from deeper harsh realities. However, although they encourage denial, they are also suggestive of resilience, hope and, sense of humanity that remains in these poverty-stricken communities. These photographs were taken in small towns, townships and cities throughout South Africa. It has been surprising to find that although the areas differ in many ways, there are almost always individuals who seemingly refuse to be subsumed into the starkness that surrounds them. And all the little homes of man Rise to a dimmer, nobler span; When colour’s absence gives escape To deeper spirit of the shape, From the poem, Moonlight, by Victoria Sackville-West.
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Global insurance value
£ 6300
15 Photographs Non framed images Medium: Hahnemuehle PhotoRag paper / archival inkjet print Size : 61 x 47 cm Edition : 5 + 2 ap

Rolled tube

Depending destination

30 linear meters

KijK galerie ' Mois de la Photo selection - Paris '
Nofound PhotoFair Nov 2012
Joburg ArtFair Sept 2012
Photo Off Nov 2011
Noorderlicht Photofestival 2012
3rd Singapore International Photography Festival, Oct 2012
Air France Magazine Dec 2012 ; Le Journal de la Photographie 13.11.2012 ; United Fashion for Peace Nov 2012 ; Actuphoto 25.9.2012 ; ZAM magazine ; Telerama

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