M. Neelika Jayawardane in Conversation with David Goldblatt

Tuesday, 24 June, 2014 - 18:00

M. Neelika Jayawardane and David Goldblatt in Conversation

A Good Conversation 

Only 150 seats are available for members of the public wishing to attend a discussion between M. Neelika Jayawardane and David Goldblatt, at Museum Africa on 24 June 2014 at 18h30. Linked to the exhibition The Rise and Fall of Apartheid at Museum Africa, the event is hosted by the exhibition's media partner City Press.

Conversing with those photographs revealed the heart of Goldblatt’s work: his instinctive talent for spotting – and pinpointing – the things that make South Africans uneasy, probing the predicaments at the core of contemporary South African existence, and elaborating upon those unspeakable issues using the sharpness of an image. - From a previous conversation between Jayawardane and Goldblatt.

David Goldblatt was born in 1930 in South Africa and since the 1960s he has devoted all of his time to photography. In 1989, Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. In 1998 he was the first South African to be given a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2001, a retrospective of his work, David Goldblatt Fifty-One Years began a tour of galleries and museums. He was one of the few South African artists to exhibit at Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, Germany. He has held solo exhibitions at the Jewish Museum and the New Museum, both in New York. His work was included in the exhibition ILLUMInations at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, and has featured on shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Barbican Centre in London. He has published several books of his work. He is the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad award, the 2009 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, and the 2013 ICP Infinity Award.

Neelika Jayawardane’s review of The Rise and Fall of Apartheid. 

M. Neelika Jayawardane is Associate Professor of English at SUNY-Oswego. She was born in Sri Lanka, and grew up in the Copperbelt Province in Zambia; she completed her PhD at the University of Denver, Colorado. At the State University of New York-Oswego, she teaches transnational memoirs, fiction and visual art connected to immigrant experiences, including contemporary Southern African and South Asian work. Her publications explore the nexus between literature, photography, and the transnational/transhistorical implications of surveillance, colonialism and apartheid on migratory bodies. She is a senior editor and writer at Africa is a Country.

Audience members are advised that a digital video recording of the event will be made publically available via media.


Event Details

17h00: Exhibition open late for viewing

18h00: Registration and light refreshments

18h30-20h00: M. Neelika Jayawardane and David Goldblatt in conversation



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