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VYING POSIE (article first published : 2005-05-9)

On May 10 at 18h30, the NSA Gallery will launch an exhibition of photographs by Peter McKenzie in the Main Gallery.

Peter McKenzie, a well-known South African photographer currently based in Johannesburg, will be presenting his most recent project, a photographic exhibition and book. This project utilises photographs of the Wentworth area where he grew up when his family was forced to move there under the apartheid segregation laws in the 1960s.

Peter has kept close links with this township over the years and has synthesised his experience of this unique place into a thought-provoking and visually rich body of work.

Peter’s work has always been greatly significant to the changing social history of South Africa, which has resulted in the transition to democracy. In the Wentworth project, he has dug deep into his own very real experience of growing up in the area and used his probing intellect and finely honed photographic skills to present a unique glimpse into the lives of people and a place that are still very much outside the ideal of the “rainbow nation”.

As the title Vying Posie denotes, this photographic project is a personal, spiritual and conceptual journey for the author.

He states: “I am from Wentworth but not of Wentworth, a concept that has guided - sometimes inadvertently - my way of “seeing” the people of this place I still regard as “my kasie” (my township). Ambivalent feelings of frustration, both mine and those of the community, coupled with the apathy of its peoples within a political system they feel has once again marginalised them, portray these coloured folk as waiting, waiting.....”

More information from Storm Janse van Rensburg, NSA Curator, on 031 202 3686, e-mail: curator@nsagallery.co.za or visit www.nsagallery.co.za




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