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News September 2015

September 4, 2015

We are very happy to announce the opening of peregrinate – field notes on time travel and space on Thursday, September 10th at 5 PM.

Peregrinate features the work of three photographers: South Africans Musa Nxumalo and late Thabiso Sekgala, and Kenyan Mimi Cherono Ng’ok. The exhibition explores the concept of photography as a common method of investigation, discovery and representation – an act of wandering undertaken by the photographer as traveler and explorer.

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Traversing Soweto streets, backyards in Nairobi, dusty Jordanian alleys, Peregrinate invites viewers to consider the intimate politics of home and belonging, as well as the possibilities inherent in dislocation, or a lack of anchoring, and the routes one takes to find a way. Sub-titled ‘field notes on time travel and space’, the exhibition examines notions of spatial politics, the economics of time and travel, and the kinds of access granted to travelers.

The travels of three different wanderers are juxtaposed as temporal sculptures to chronicle the personal experience of journeying within the home, neighborhood and country, as well as the act of departing for distant places.

Jointly curated by the featured photographers – Peregrinate was conceived as the culmination of their participation in the Goethe-Institut portfolio workshop, the Photographers Master Class. Initiated in 2008 by the Goethe-Institut and Simon Njami, the Master Class provides a critical platform for emerging photographers from around the continent. Peregrinate is the second exhibition by masterclass graduates, the first one Witness/Temoin that was shown at Makerere Art Gallery in September 2013.

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