David Goldblatt / Structures of Dominion & Democracy / 2014

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The Goodman Gallery is pleased to present major photographs in the ongoing Structures series by David Goldblatt. Structures is a major body of work described by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer as “an extraordinary visual history of a country and its people."

For over three decades Goldblatt has travelled South Africa photographing sites weighted with historical narrative: monuments, as well as private, religious and secular sites that reveal something about the people who built them.

These sites also allow us a glimpse into the everyday. Each place is a repository, a landscape containing an epic story that has involved whole communities. The experience is sometimes told through the memorialising of remarkable individuals. Titled Structures of Dominion & Democracy, the exhibition traverses two distinct eras in our history. Instead of the word ‘Baasskap’, Goldblatt refers to the era of inequality as Dominion (see artist’s statement, below).

But, Goldblatt notes, the new exhibition concentrates on, but is not entirely devoted to the period after the fall of apartheid: “I’m mainly showing Democracy. And the reason for this is that people here are familiar with Baaskap and the period of apartheid, but they are not very familiar with looking at what is emerging now.”

By looking at transforming spaces, Structures of Dominion & Democracy offers us a way of understanding the transformation of a people.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT BY DAVID GOLDBLATT

In the 1980s and ‘90s I photographed structures that we South Africans had made during the Era of Baasskap, that time, from about 1660 until 1990, in which Whites gradually came to exert dominion over all of South Africa and its peoples. It was the values we had expressed in those structures that I sought to elicit and explore in photographs and text.

Beginning in 1999 – five years after the first democratic elections that brought the African National Congress to power – and continuing into the present, I have engaged in a similar photography of some of the structures that have emerged with our democracy and that I believe are expressive of values in this new, still nascent way of being in our society.

The photographs in this, the Goodman Gallery exhibition of 2014, come mainly from the time of Democracy.

DAVID GOLDBLATT

David Goldblatt was born in 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa and since the early 1960s he has devoted all of his time to photography. In 1989 Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. In 1998 he was the first South African to be given a one-person exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. Goldblatt received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town in 2001. The same year a retrospective exhibition of his work, David Goldblatt Fifty-One Years, began a tour of galleries and museums around the world. He was one of the few South African artists to exhibit at Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, Germany. Goldblatt received an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008. He has held solo exhibitions at the Jewish Museum and the New Museum, both in New York and exhibited alongside photographers such as Walker Evans and Bruce Nauman in The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today at MoMA. His work was included in the exhibition ILLUMInations at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, and has featured on major shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the International Centre of Photography in New York and the Barbican Centre in London. He has published several books of his work. Goldblatt is the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad award, the 2009 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award and is the 2010 Lucie Award Lifetime Achievement Honoree. Goldblatt received the ICP Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2013.

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    David Goldblatt

    Domestic workers afternoon off, Sunninghill, Sandton 23 July 1999 (4_7850), 1999

    Demonstration print / Silver gelatin photograph on fiber-...

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    David Goldblatt

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    D...

  • Part of the Candle of Hope a sculpture by businessman Bart Dorrestein and sculptor Sally-Ann Graham, corner Maud and Fifth Streets, Sandton, Johannesburg. 18 December 2011 (4_A0827)

    David Goldblatt

    Part of the Candle of Hope a sculpture by businessman Bart Dorrestein and sculptor Sally-Ann Graham, corner Maud and Fifth Streets, Sandton, Johannesb...

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    David Goldblatt

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    David Goldblatt

    Copies of advertisements regarding destitute children that appeared in the Cape Government Gazette, form part of a memorial to children entitled We ar...

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    David Goldblatt

    Cows at a taxi rank on Error Street, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg. 8 December 2012 (4_A1024), 2012

    Demonstration print / Exhibition pri...

  • A modest square, carefully tended by the municipality, sown, at the time of this photograph with blue daisies, the borders of its paths neatly outlined by beer bottles. It is a memorial to local heroes killed in the struggle against apartheid, Steynsburg, Eastern Cape. 29 January 2013 (4_A1031)

    David Goldblatt

    A modest square, carefully tended by the municipality, sown, at the time of this photograph with blue daisies, the borders of its paths neatly outline...

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    David Goldblatt

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    David Goldblatt

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  • The grave of Sarah Bartmann, near her birthplace. Hankey, Eastern Cape. 17 October 2013 (4_A1122)

    David Goldblatt

    The grave of Sarah Bartmann, near her birthplace. Hankey, Eastern Cape. 17 October 2013 (4_A1122), 2013

    Demonstration print / Silver gelat...

  • Women's Monument by Wilma Cruise and Marcus Holmes, Union Buildings, Pretoria. 1 November 2013 (4_A1141)

    David Goldblatt

    Women's Monument by Wilma Cruise and Marcus Holmes, Union Buildings, Pretoria. 1 November 2013 (4_A1141), 2013

    Exhibition print / Silver g...

  • The Thinking Stone, sculpted by Willem Boshoff, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. February 2014 (4_8507)

    David Goldblatt

    The Thinking Stone, sculpted by Willem Boshoff, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. February 2014 (4_8507), 2014

    Silver gelatin on...

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    David Goldblatt

    On August 16 2012 South African Police shot striking mineworkers of the Lonro platinum mines, killing 34 and wounding 78 in seemingly wild shooting wi...

  • Unity is power: Let us be united, is a carving in wild fig by Noria Mabasa, on the campus of the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. 14 March 2013 (4_A1055)

    David Goldblatt

    Unity is power: Let us be united, is a carving in wild fig by Noria Mabasa, on the campus of the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. 14 March ...

  • Freedom Park and the Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria. 26 May 2014 (4_A1162)

    David Goldblatt

    Freedom Park and the Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria. 26 May 2014 (4_A1162), 2014

    Silver gelatin on fiber based paper, dibonded / Silver g...

  • Belated Wake sculpted in 2010 by Angus Taylor. Waterkloof Corner Centre, Pretoria. 11 February 2014 (NK3_0146)

    David Goldblatt

    Belated Wake sculpted in 2010 by Angus Taylor. Waterkloof Corner Centre, Pretoria. 11 February 2014 (NK3_0146), 2014

    Silver gelatin on fib...

  • Sculpted in stainless steel, a tricycle commemorates the happiest years of the poet Ingrid Jonker, spent here in her childhood at Gordon’s Bay. In 1965 at the age of 31, she took her own life by walking into the sea at Three Anchor Bay. Sculpture by Tyrone Apollis in 2006. Gordon’s Bay, May 28 2014 (NK3_0414)

    David Goldblatt

    Sculpted in stainless steel, a tricycle commemorates the happiest years of the poet Ingrid Jonker, spent here in her childhood at Gordon’s Bay. In 1...

  • A portrait of Nelson Mandela in steel uprights at the site of his capture by South African police on August 5 1962. Near Howick, KwaZulu-Natal. July 14 2014 (4_A1227)

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    David Goldblatt

    Miriam Mazibuko waters the garden of her RDP house for which she waited eight years. It consists of one room. Her four children live with her in-laws....

  • Frances Baard, militant trade unionist and leader of the ANC Women’s League, sculpted by Anton Momberg. Kimberley, 5 February 2013 (4_A1051)

    David Goldblatt

    Frances Baard, militant trade unionist and leader of the ANC Women’s League, sculpted by Anton Momberg. Kimberley, 5 February 2013 (4_A1051), 2...

  • DURBAN MARKET with painting by Faith 47
Warwick Junction and the city. eThekwini, Durban. 3 July 2014 (NK3_0495)

    David Goldblatt

    DURBAN MARKET with painting by Faith 47 Warwick Junction and the city. eThekwini, Durban. 3 July 2014 (NK3_0495), 2014

    Silver gelatin on f...

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    David Goldblatt

    Bronze memorial to Zulu warriors killed at Shiyane/Rorkes Drift in a fierce battle with British soldiers on the 22 and 23 January 1879. Their shields ...

  • One of three elephants by sculptor Andries Botha, commissioned by the eThekwini City Council (Durban) as part of an urban renewal project, lies broken by vandals and metal thieves on the traffic island where the sculptures were sited. Two weeks from completion in 2010, the work was stopped when an African National Congress councillor objected that the elephants resembled those in the logo of the Inkatha Freedom Party. Warwick Triangle, Durban. 7 August 2014 (NK3_0585)

    David Goldblatt

    One of three elephants by sculptor Andries Botha, commissioned by the eThekwini City Council (Durban) as part of an urban renewal project, lies broken...

  • Isandlwana, where on January 22 1879, a Zulu army defending their kingdom against a British invasion, decimated a large part of the British force, killing 858 White and 471 Black men. 8 August 2014 (NK3_0645)

    David Goldblatt

    Isandlwana, where on January 22 1879, a Zulu army defending their kingdom against a British invasion, decimated a large part of the British force, kil...

  • On Freedom Square, Kliptown, Soweto, Johannesburg.

    David Goldblatt

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    Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper

    Edition of 10

  • This monument, covering what was Freedom Square and more, commemorates the Congress of the People and their adoption of the Freedom Charter in 1955. It was unveiled by then President Thabo Mbeki on 26 June 2005. (4_9875)

    David Goldblatt

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