Pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion at the MCA

A ma­jor sur­vey of work by the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned South African pho­tog­ra­pher David Gold­blatt.

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AN OUT­STAND­ING EX­HI­BI­TION OF WORK by the late South African pho­tog­ra­pher David Gold­blatt is now on show at the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Aus­tralia (MCA).

David Gold­blatt was one of the great­est pho­tog­ra­phers of our time, noted for his por­trayal of South Africa dur­ing the rise and dis­man­tling of Apartheid. With their in­tense hu­man fo­cus, his pho­to­graphs of­fer pow­er­ful re­flec­tion and insight into South Africa’s peo­ple, places and his­tory. This ex­hi­bi­tion looks back across his ca­reer through key pho­to­graphic se­ries, as well as Gold­blatt’s only Aus­tralian work ex­plor­ing the as­bestos min­ing in­dus­try in the West Aus­tralian ‘ghost town’ of Wit­tenoom.

This ex­hi­bi­tion, cu­rated by MCA Chief Cu­ra­tor Rachel Kent in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with the artist, marks over seven decades of Gold­blatt’s pho­tog­ra­phy. Pre­sented in groups and ex­tended se­ries, his pho­to­graphs en­com­pass the his­tory of South Africa’s min­ing in­dus­try, white mid­dle class, forced seg­re­ga­tion of black and Asian com­mu­ni­ties into town­ships un­der the Group Ar­eas Act, and sto­ries of the coun­try’s ex-of­fend­ers and their crimes. They also in­clude Gold­blatt’s par­al­lel doc­u­men­ta­tion of South African and Aus­tralian as­bestos min­ing, in­clud­ing the West Aus­tralian ‘ghost town’ of Wit­tenoom and the hu­man cost of this in­dus­try.

“David Gold­blatt: Pho­to­graphs 1948– 2018” was the pho­tog­ra­pher’s fi­nal project be­fore he passed away in June 2018. This ex­hi­bi­tion en­com­passes the en­tire scope of his ca­reer fea­tur­ing his key black-and-white and colour pho­to­graphic se­ries, as well as early vin­tage prints, it is con­tex­tu­alised by never-be­fore seen ma­te­rial from his per­sonal ar­chive, a new fea­ture-length doc­u­men­tary screened along­side the ex­hi­bi­tion, plus an au­dio guide with David Gold­blatt talk­ing on some of his most renowned works.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is part of the Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional Art Se­ries and is exclusive to Syd­ney.

Tick­eted ex­hi­bi­tion, Adult $24, Con­ces­sion $19, Fam­ily $59. Un­til 3 March, 2019, Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Aus­tralia, Ge­orge Street, The Rocks.

(From top): In­stal­la­tion view, "David Gold­blatt: Pho­to­graphs 1948–2018", Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Aus­tralia, Syd­ney, 2018. "Hold-up in Hill­brow, Jo­han­nes­burg" 1963, sil­ver gelatin pho­to­graph on fi­bre-based pa­per.

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