Transition Exhibition

Market Photo Workshop

Project architect
2012

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The Transition Exhibition served as the culmination of months of work undertaken by the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg in partnership with Rencontre d'Arles and twelve prominent South African and French photographers. The larger project entitled 'Social Landscapes' was a key component of the France - South Africa Seasons 2012 and 2013.

I was approached by the Market Photo Workshop to design and implement the landmark exhibition and curate an outdoor space for the event opening.

The major curatorial device used in the exhibition was a splaying of walls and light in the large warehouse space. Walls supported by cables attached to the industrial frame of the Bus Factory splintered away from each other. The dynamic plan of the exhibition created compression and release spaces. These allowed visitors the opportunity to see key parts of the large exhibition and every wall as they enter the space. Narrow strip lighting suspended from the roof structure mirrored the linear plan and served to guide the visitor through the exhibition. The photographs were curated in Arles and mounted on the walls with a high-resolution printed wallpaper. These stretches of flat images were complemented by framed photographs.