A new photography initiative in Gauteng, South Africa will follow the international trend of bringing the works of great and emergent photographers to public spaces.
Photography is considered the most democratic of art forms, and festivals like Lagos Photo, the Delhi Photo Festival and the important Swiss festival of Images Vevey all include public platforms that bring the medium directly to the people.
The local initiative is called Roadhouse and for its inaugural event, it presents a photographic screening at the Casa Blanca Roadhouse in Brakpan on 1 April 2017 from 7pm to 10pm.
The exhibition, that will be shown outdoors on a high-resolution, large projection screen, is titled EAST RAND, and it focuses on this district of enormous visual richness, and complex social evolution. The East Rand/Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has provided inspiration for a range of photographers who have visited the region where they have produced some of their finest work to date.
Each body of work takes a close look at the history, way of life and events that have taken place on the East Rand, from 1960 till today.
The screening hopes to introduce Brakpan to the power of photography and bring art lovers to the area.
The Roadhouse project is the initiative of photographer Marc Shoul who, himself, produced a body of work in Brakpan from 2008 to 2012.
Roadhouse is committed to screening and promoting art in alternative and accessible venues to increase exposure, entertain and change perceptions.
Screenings will comprise of photographic images and works of art in conjunction with DJs, musicians and performance artists.
The photographers include David Goldblatt, Ronald & Torrance Ngilima, Lindokuhle Sobekwa, Marc Shoul, Sibusiso Bheka, Raymond Mokoena, and Jabulani Dhlamini, DJ Young Smuts will be mixing music to the images.