Thu 03 October 2013

EXPO: Exhibition ‘Waiting and Watching: South African Moments’.

© sophie smithFrom now until the 30th of November, the library of Zonnebeke will play host to the exhibition Waiting and Watching: South African Moments, an photo exhibition featuring the work of South African photographers. One of the series is the citybook about Grahamstaown by Sophie Smith, in which she tells the life story of the intriguing old man ‘Rooiland’.

The photographs on display are all the work of four young women from South Africa: Sophie Smith, Sarah Schäfer, Demelza Bush and Lindsay Callaghan. They produced their series during the final year of their studies in photographic journalism at the Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. The exhibition was previously staged at the Beursschouwburg in Brussels.

The exhibition portrays the lives and faces of people that tend to fade into the background of everyday life. One of the four series is the citybook about Grahamstown. Sophie Smith followed Rooiland, a 77-year old man who decided to live from the meagre sustainance that wild plants and his cows offered him, out of fear for jealous neighbours and the grabby fingers of local thieves. Smith’s photos tell Rooiland’s story with great compassion, but they don’t shy away from the raw edges of his life, either.

  • From Monday the 30th of September 2013 until Saturday the 30th of November 2013
  • Bibliotheek De Letterschuur, Berten Pilstraat 5, 8980 Zonnebeke.




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