David Goldblatt
Intersections Intersected

16 January - 1 March 2008

OPENING: Wednesday 16 January, 6-8pm
WALKABOUTS: Thursday 17 January and Saturday 19 January at 11am

David Goldblatt’s photographs of the last decade are an ongoing exploration of the intersections between people, values and land in post-apartheid South Africa. They develop and take into new terrain the approach underlying his major essays from the years of apartheid.

In this exhibition these continuities and developments are exemplified in two bodies of work.

In the first, photographs from essays undertaken in the years of apartheid have been paired with photographs from Goldblatt’s post-apartheid work. The tensions, congruities and incongruities to be found in these pairings speak in varying ways and layers of life here and, not least, of continuity and change in South Africa.

The second is a series of triptychs in each of which complexities of time, space and meaning surrounding a number of subjects are explored through the intricate relationships yet separateness of their three images.

Clearly revealed in both bodies of work is the connectedness of vision and thought that threads through all of Goldblatt’s photography – early and recent, black-and-white and colour.

Goldblatt has been critically exploring South African society through his photographs for more than half a century, has published a number of books and has received international recognition for his work. His retrospective, David Goldblatt: Fifty-one years, toured galleries and museums in New York, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Oxford, Brussels, Munich and Johannesburg between 2001 and 2005. He won the 2006 Hasselblad Award in recognition of his lifelong achievements.

Intersections Intersected will open on Wednesday 16 January from 6 to 8pm. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Goldblatt will give two public walkabouts of his exhibition, on Thursday 17 January and Saturday 19 January, at 11am. There is no cost and all are welcome.

Piet Swanepoel clears ground for planting on his farm ... Gamkaskloof, Western Cape. December 1966

At the food-shop and restaurant of Annatjie Mostert-Joubert, during a kultuurfees ... Gamkaskloof, Western Cape. 28 October 2006

On an afternoon in summer, the farm Quaggasfontein in the Great Karoo ... December 1966

Laingsburg, Western Cape. 28 January 2007

'Spec' housing in 'authentic' Cape Dutch style ... Tzaneen, Limpopo. 10 April 1989

On Steenkamp Street, Northern Cape. 4 June 2004

Kite-flying, near Phuthaditjhaba, in the Qwa Qwa bantustan, now the Free State. 1 May 1989

Bungee jumper, Bloukrans, Eastern and Western Cape. 25 April 2006

Framework for a new dwelling, near Flagstaff, Transkei, Eastern Cape. 9 October 1975

From Devil's Bellows Nek on Old Katberg Pass, Transkei, Eastern Cape. 7 May 2007

A new shack under construction, Lenasia Extension 9. Lenasia, Transvaal. 5 May 1990

Stalled municipal housing scheme, Kwezinaledi, Lady Grey, Eastern Cape. 5 August 2006
Edition sold out

A farmworker's house, Sonop, Winburg, Free State. 24 August 1986

Remains of households in a children's game called onopopi ... Kwezinaledi, Lady Grey, Eastern Cape. 5 August 2006
Edition sold out

Monument commemorating the centenary of the Great Trek ... Riebeeck-Kasteel, Western Cape. 7 February 1993

The elephant was sculpted by Louis Gay ... Olifantshoek, Northern Cape. 23 June 2004

Meeting place of the Jerusalema Apostolic Church ... Johannesburg. 31 December 1987

Memorial to the Bulhoek Massacre of May 24 1921 ... Bulhoek, Eastern Cape. 17 January 2006

Building a scaled-down replica of Krugersdorp's Paardekraal Monument ... Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape. 23 July 1986

A scaled-down replica of Krugersdorp's Paardekraal Monument and figures celebrating Christmas, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, in the time of AIDS. 15 January 2006 (diptych)

Some 1 500 lavatories, built in anticipation of the forced removal ... Frankfort Resettlement Camp, Ciskei, Eastern Cape. 12 July 1983

Remains of long-drop lavatories at Frankfort in the former Ciskei bantustan ... Frankfort, Eastern Cape. 22 February 2006

Funeral with military honours for two boyhood friends ... Boksburg, Gauteng. 18 June 1980

Die Heldeakker, The Heroes' Acre, with its memorial and the graves ... Villiers, Free State. 24 August 2005

Monument honouring Karel Landman ... 10 April 1993

The commemoration of Karel Landman and his trek ... 20 February 2006

Swerwers, nomadic farmworkers and skilled sheep shearers ... Near Colesberg, Northern Cape. 27 August 1986

Accident on the N1 between Colesberg and Hanover, Northern Cape. 25 March 2007

A child gives the salute of the then banned African National Congress ... Cradock, Eastern Cape. 20 July 1985

The graves of the Cradock Four ... Cradock, Eastern Cape. 14 October 2004

Graves of the Griquas ... Philippolis, Free State, 27 August 1986

This monument commemorates the encampment here of Griqua leader, Adam Kok III ... Mount Currie, Kokstad, 4 May 2007

The Cross Roads People’s Park ... Oukasie, Brits, North-West. 22 November 1986

At Kevin Kwanele’s Takwaito Barber, Lansdowne Road. Khayelitsha, Cape Town in the time of AIDS. 16 May 2007

This billboard proclaims that - When this is his we will still be here ... Sannieshof, North-West. 19 February 1989

This billboard urges - AVOID ABOMASHONISA ... St John's Road, East London, Eastern Cape. 29 April 2007

Xhosa man and V N Zote's children, Flagstaff, Transkei, Eastern Cape. 9 October 1975

The road from Nqondwana to Port St John's. 6 May 2007

Garden and house, Witfield, Boksburg. 1979

The inscription on this monument reads - The Dog, the Cat ... 11 February 2006

Dining room detail, Randburg, Gauteng. 1974

24 Station Way, Calvinia, Northern Cape. 5 October 2003

In the Waterbergen, Limpopo. 4 August 1985

From Echo Canyon, Richtersveld. 25 December 2003

On Coetzee Street, Middelburg, Eastern Cape. 21 July 1986

At the corner of Kerk and Van Riebeeck Streets, Steynsburg, Eastern Cape. 25 November 2004

Wreath at the Berg-en-Dal Monument ... Dalmanutha, Mpumalanga. December 1983

Berg-en-Dal Monument and Sarcophagus, Dalmanutha, Mpumalanga. 24 June 2005

Shopping on 14th Street, Pageview, Johannesburg ... July 1985

Jabulani Discount Centre, Elliot, Eastern Cape. 8 August 2006

Sunday service of the ultra-conservative Afrikaanse Protestantse Kerk ... 27 May 1990

Monument to the South African Republic ... Cornelia, Free State. 24 August 2005

Tourist Information Centre in Qwa Qwa ... Phuthaditjhaba, Qwa Qwa (now in Free State) 21 May 1990

Mausoleum with Basotho hats, Madoang Cemetery, Phuthaditjhaba, Free State. 25 August 2005


...And the sheriff knocking... Conditions apply. Oudtshoorn, Western Cape. 19 February 2006 (triptych)

Bay Fall Fashion, Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape. 24 February 2006 (triptych)

Missing!!! ... C&B Hiring and Décor, Voortrekker Road, Parow, Cape Town, Western Cape. 26 March 2006 (triptych)

Ugqirha Wisintu Dr. Paul. Hofmeyr, Eastern Cape. 4 August 2006 (triptych)

Andy Kula washing his clothes, Whittlesea, Eastern Cape. 7 May 2007 (triptych)

On Justisie Straat, Philippolis, Free State. 19 October 2006 (triptych)

Miernes D/Winkel, Lotta Cash Cash Loans, Piet Retief Street, Sutherland, Western Cape. 16 November 2007 (triptych)

Left: The Synodal Hall of the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk, Orange Street, Cape Town. 16 August 1986. Centre: The Synod ... October 1965. Right: The demolition of the Synodal Hall ... 25 April 2007 (triptych)


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