Photographic exhibition at the MCA
A major survey of work by the internationally renowned South African photographer David Goldblatt.
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. mca.com.au
(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.