An exhibition of the Community Media Photography Training Project in Gqeberha, New Brighton
04 April, 11h00
Mendi Arts Centre
Mzwanele ‘Rez Inanzi’ Tshishonga
The Community Media Photography Training Project is a specialised photography training for 10 participants from communities across Qqeberha, Eastern Cape. The project aimed to train the participants in the technical aspects of photography, including post-production, visual literacy and investigative photo essays, with an emphasis on the needs of community-based media. The central focus for this project involves exploring the relationship between semi-urban spaces and health. What does health mean in this context? What role do different factors play in determining health? These factors may include COVID-19 pandemic, migration histories, gender relations, housing conditions and overcrowding, access to privacy, livelihood activities, social networks and family structures.
The exhibition will run from 04 – 18 June 2022.
This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Open Society Foundation for South Africa.
About the Curators:
Mpho Khwezi is a photographer and Facilitator at the Market Photo Workshop. He received his diploma in Photography at the Vaal university of technology in 2006 before eventually coming to study Intermediate course and Photojournalism and Documentary Program at The Market Photo Workshop in 2008. It was his nomination to participate in the World Press Joop Swart master class that opened opportunities for him in 2009 where he worked at Mail & Guardian newspaper, International organization for migration in Zambia: Greg Marinovich photo-shelter and The Market Photo Workshop just to name a few and participated in many community photography projects in the continent.
Mzwanele ‘Rez Inanzi’ Tshishonga
Mzwanele ‘Rez Inanzi’ Tshishonga is an artist that spans his creative efforts across number of mediums, from film, music, but mainly photography. Mzwanele is an alumnus of the Advanced Photography Programme at the Market Photo Workshop. His passion is anchored in storytelling, engaging issues pertaining to blackness and using African knowledge systems as a guide to his artistic approach and guests.
Since 2019, Mzwanele has interacted and created work alongside fellow practitioners in residencies, including archiving the shifts in the South African Jazz landscape, to conducting the Umhlangano Wabathwebuli photography outreach programme in his hometown of Gqeberha.
About the Market Photo Workshop
The Market Photo Workshop is a Johannesburg-based school of photography, gallery and resource centre for practicing photographers. Since its establishment in 1989, the school has played an integral role in the training and growth of photographers from South Africa and further afield, while promoting photography through exhibitions, public debates and collaborative projects, especially within marginalized communities. The Market Photo Workshop is a division of The Market Theatre Foundation. Market Photo Workshop is the recipient of The Principal Prince Claus Award 2018.
About the Mendi Arts Centre
The stunning Mendi Arts Centre was developed & transformed from an old Apartheid era Beerhall in Mendi road, New Brighton, by 2014, through the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. The Art Centre launched on 28 Apr 2021, and it’s purpose is to serve artists from the entire Metro. The original concept for the Beerhall to be transformed into an Art Centre came from the former Anti-apartheid Arts Association, Imvaba. By 1990 they painted the mural on the front facade of the building as a depiction of their vision.
About the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture
The mission of the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture is to develop and promote sport, recreation, arts and culture for spiritual, intellectual, physical and material upliftment of the people of the Eastern Cape.
The Department’s strategic goals are: effective service delivery through leadership, good governance, accountability and efficient resource utilisation; development, promotion and transformation of arts, culture, museums, heritage, and language services in order to contribute to sustainable economic growth and opportunities, nation-building, good governance, and social and human capital development; provision of a free, equitable and accessible library and information service, and proper management and preservation of public and non-public records; and improvement of quality of life through sport and recreation.
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