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BORROWING TIME (article first published : 2003-11-17)

Borrowing Time is an exhibition by Ros Sarkin running in the Menzi Mchunu Gallery and the Democratic Gallery at the BAT Centre from November 14 to 30.

A well-known figure in Durban’s civic circles having served on the Council for many years, Ros Sarkin obtained a Diploma in Radiotherapy and Radiography at Groote Schuur Hospital and worked towards a BA Fine Arts Degree at University of Cape Town in Sculpture and Photography.

She obtained the Gold Medal for Hebrew as part of her studies at UCT. Her education was interrupted when her husband, Dr Teddy Sarkin, was transferred to Durban to take up the position as Professor of Orthopedics at the Medical School at the University of Natal in Durban in 1974.

In Durban she became involved in cultural and educational affairs and co-founded the Durban International Film Festival with her husband in 1979. She directed the Durban Film Festival for 17 years and became the first South African delegate to be invited to the Moscow Film Festival as well as the Film Festival in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. For this contribution she received the Durban Critics Circle Award for her contribution to Arts and Culture in KwaZulu-Natal.

At present she has cut down her civic duties to concentrate on her full-time studies in photography at the Durban Institute of Technology where she is a fourth year student.

“I photograph what I see through the lens,” says Ros. “It is my own subjective observation of life. I have always been interested in the unusual, in reading between the lines, in the white spaces. What fascinates me is capturing that split second of time that is usually invisible to the human eye. We look, but we do not see. The camera, however captures this fragment of reality, which may in fact even become another reality, an alternate dimension. It is this sense of making visual the particular that continues to captivate me and drives me to search and explore more dimensions and situations.”

The black and white photographs on exhibition were all taken in 2003. More details from the BAT Centre on 031 332 0451.




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