For his fourth exhibition with Goodman Gallery, Jabulani Dhlamini presents a recent series of photographs taken across the country and continent. Integrating ethnographic and autobiographic approaches to image making, Dhlamini unpacks our subjective relationship to space.
Marking a departure for Dhlamini, this work sits between figuration and abstraction which results in images that are both decisive and critical, resisting easy interpretation or categorisation. “What happens when tensions are hidden in plain sight,” asks Dhlamini. This question is a driving force behind Dhalmini’s latest body of work, which serves as a prompt for a broader conversation around what we do with the history that informs our identity, even if it feels alien to us.
Dhlamini was born in Warden, Free State in 1983; he lives and works in Johannesburg. Dhlamini majored in documentary photography at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg and was the recipient of the Edward Ruiz Mentorship 2011/12. In 2018 Dhlamini’s work was featured on the Five Photographers, A Tribute to David Goldblattgroup exhibition at the Gerard Sekoto Gallery at the French Institute. Last year Dhlamini also participated in residencies at A4 Arts Foundation and in the Reunion Islands.
The exhibition opens at 18H00 on Thursday 18 April. At 18H30, Dhlamini will be in conversation with Molemo Moiloa, the former director of VANSA who is currently based between the Market Photo Workshop, Social Anthropology Department at WITS and TML Creative Consultancy.