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Zwelethu Mthethwa and Okwui Enwezor in Conversation @ Aperture Foundation

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This is going to be a very interesting talk. I can’t wait… 😉 – !YG

Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 6:30 pm
Zwelethu Mthethwa and Okwui Enwezor in Conversation

Aperture Foundation
547 West 27 Street, 4th floor
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

Aperture is honored to present a conversation between photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa, a key figure in the South African post-apartheid photography movement, and Okwui Enwezor, a pioneering critic and curator.

This dialogue will take place on the occasion of the March 2010 publication of Mthethwas long-awaited first comprehensive monograph, to which Enwezor contributes an essay. The book presents Mthethwas powerful series of portraits portraying black South Africans as relentlessly dignified and defiant, even under the duress of social and economic hardship. Working in both urban and rural industrial landscapes, Mthethwa documents a range of issues pertaining to South Africa—from domestic life and the environment to landscape and labor issues. His images challenge the conventions of both Western documentary work and African commercial studio photography, marking a transition away from the visually exotic and diseased—or Afro-pessimism, as Enwezor has referred to it—by employing a fresh approach marked by color and collaboration.

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