Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016

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Goodman Gallery Cape Town
10 March – 6 April 2016

In Recapture, Jabulani Dhlamini utilises the medium of photography to explore and question how South Africa’s traumatic and violent past permeates the consciousness of its people. The series, the first since the artist’s breakout exhibition uMama in 2012, documents the town of Sharpeville, ruminating on the process of recovery and memorial in post-apartheid South Africa. Born in 1983, the artist considers himself to be bound not only by his past but by a history of violence. The artist recalls the moments leading up to South Africa’s first democratic elections – “I knew that something important was happening, makeshift posters and pictures of Mandela were posted all over the streets, but at the time I didn’t realise that the man in the pictures was the soon-to-be leader of a new South Africa – I didn’t realise the implications of what this was.”

Growing up during the height of the anti-apartheid struggle, Biko, Hani and Subokwe were names the artist heard constantly. Not realising the context of these overheard conversations, the young Dhlamini believed these to be distant relatives. Although he later realised the true nature of what he had heard, the idea that the leaders of the struggle were part of a close family bond rather than celebrated heroes and part of the collective consciousness of his community never really left him. Speaking about these early memories Dhlamini states “I think a lot of us feel this way, even with what we know now, we can’t help feeling that the history is much closer to us. I think that’s why children often appear in my work – I am interested in what past they will inherit.”

The decision to photograph the town and its people came from the artist’s need to engage physically with a place that looms so large in the country’s past. “I needed to visit the actual location, to place myself in that landscape. I needed to see, and not imagine, the wall they hid behind, the street where the first shots were fired.” It is these locations, produced as tableaux, that form the first part of the exhibition.

In the three years it took to produce the Sharpeville series, Dhlamini conducted interviews with members of the community. It was during these interviews that he realised how victims constructed informal memorials to the massacre. Tea cups held at the time the first shot was heard, boots which were worn at the massacre, and clothing belonging to the deceased are kept in the houses of victims as personal objects of remembrance. Again we encounter the role of individual processes of mourning and understanding which so fascinates the artist.

In Objects, photographs of personal items which signify the massacre to their owners are placed in a grid next to texts which outline their context. Deliberately blurring the narrative, the writing slips between the subject and interlocutor so that rather than provide a concrete context the texts serve to heighten the ambiguity of history.

For Dhlamini the feeling of uncertainty which the works evoke creates a juxtaposition between lived experience and inherited memory.

  • Vuka Cemetry, Vuka, Sharpville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Vuka Cemetry, Vuka, Sharpville, 2013

    Pigment print on fibre paper

    60 x 60 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Ring Cafe I, Vuka Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Ring Cafe I, Vuka Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    120 x 80 cm / 90 x 180cm

    Edition of 7

  • S1167, Vuka Section. Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    S1167, Vuka Section. Sharpeville, 2013

    Pigment inks of fibre paper

    60 x 60 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Zwane Street, Rooistena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Zwane Street, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    80 x 120 cm / 90 x 180cm

    Edition of 7

  • Inzilo, Rooistena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Inzilo, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    60 x 60 cm / 90 x 90cm

    Edition of 7

  • Madiba, Kliptown, Soweto

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Madiba, Kliptown, Soweto, 2012

    Pigment inks on fibre paper / Pigment prints on fibre paper

    Diptych : 30 x 30 cm

    Edition of...

  • Toro ya ka, Sea point, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Toro ya ka, Sea point, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper / Pigment inks on fiber paper- diptych

    30 x 30 cm / 50 x 50c...

  • Old Sharpeville Hostel, Kissington

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Old Sharpeville Hostel, Kissington, 2015

    Pigment print of fibre paper / Pigment print on fibre paper

    60 x 60 / 60 x 60 cm

  • Taxi Rank, Putsastena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Taxi Rank, Putsastena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment prints of fibre paper / Pigment prints on fibre paper

    6- x 60 cm / 60 x 60 cm

  • Rooistena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    60 x 60 cm / 90 x 90cm

    Edition of 7

  • Uniting Reform Church

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Uniting Reform Church, 2015

    Pigment prints on fibre paper

    60 x 60 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Seeiso Street, Rooistena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Seeiso Street, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment print on fibre paper / Pigment prints on fibre paper

    60 x 60 cm

    Editio...

  • Sharpeville Echoes

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Sharpeville Echoes, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    90 x 90 cm / 90 x 90cm

    Edition of 7

  • Phelandaba Cemetry II

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Phelandaba Cemetry II, 2015

    Pigment print on fibre paper / Pigment prints on fibre paper

    60 x 60 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Dhlomo, Putswastena, Sharpeville.

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Dhlomo, Putswastena, Sharpeville., 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    90 x 90 cm / 90 x 90cm

    Edition of 7

  • Holding Cells

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Holding Cells, 2015

    Pigment prints on fibre paper

    90 x 90 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Old Police Station, Rooistena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Old Police Station, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    60 x 60 cm / 90 x 90cm

    Edition of 7

  • Self Portrait at Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Self Portrait at Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fibre paper

    60 x 60 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Old Municipal Offices, Kissington, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Old Municipal Offices, Kissington, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment prints on fibre paper

    60 x 60cm

    Edition of 7

  • Roma Church, Rooistena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Roma Church, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment print on fibre paper / Pigment prints on fibre paper

    60 x 60 cm

    Edition ...

  • Sky is the limit, Protea South Soweto

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Sky is the limit, Protea South Soweto, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    90 x 90 cm / 90 x 90cm

    Edition of 7

  • Shebelezi II , Sea Point, Sharpville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Shebelezi II , Sea Point, Sharpville, 2015

    Pigment print on fibre paper

    90 x 90 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Tributes

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Tributes, 2015

    Pigment prints on fibre paper

    60 x 70 cm

    Edition of 7

  • The Great Mabena, Putswastena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    The Great Mabena, Putswastena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper / Pigment inks on fiber prints- diptych

    50 x 50cm / ...

  • Mme Norah, Putswastena

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Mme Norah, Putswastena, 2015

    Pigment inks on photo fibre paper

    Diptych : 30 x 30 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Ayini, Rooistena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Ayini, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Diptych : Pigment inks on fiber prints / Pigment inks on fiber paper / Pigment inks on fiber prints-...

  • Ntate Morobi, Vuka Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Ntate Morobi, Vuka Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper- diptych

    50 x 50cm / 50 x 50cm (each image)

    Edition of 7...

  • Mme Tsholo, Putswastena

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Mme Tsholo, Putswastena, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper / Pigment inks on fibre paper

    90 x 90cm / Diptych : 30 x 30 cm each

    ...
  • Hlatsuo, Putswastena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Hlatsuo, Putswastena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper / Pigment inks on fiber paper- diptych

    50 x 50cm / Diptych :...

  • Never Again, Rooistena, Sharpville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Never Again, Rooistena, Sharpville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper / Pigment print on

    Diptych : 30 x 30 cm / Diptych : 30 x30 ...

  • Ntate Mokhethi, Rooistena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Ntate Mokhethi, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks of fiber paper / Pigment inks of fiber paper- Diptych

    50 x 50cm / Dipt...

  • iQabani, Rooistena, Sharpville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    iQabani, Rooistena, Sharpville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fibre paper / Pigment prints on fibre paper

    Diptych : 30 x 30 cm

    Edit...

  • Gogo, Rooistena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Gogo, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper / Pigment inks on fiber prints- diptych

    50 x 50cm / Diptych : 30 x...

  • Thabiso, Rooistena , Sharpville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Thabiso, Rooistena , Sharpville, 2015

    Digital print on fibre paper

    Diptych : 30 x 30 cm each

    Edition of 7

  • Tuku,Rooistena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Tuku,Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Diptych : Pigment inks on fiber paper diptych / Pigment inks on fiber paper- diptych

    30 x 30 ...

  • Sharpville Maleho, Putswastena

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Sharpville Maleho, Putswastena, 2015

    30 x 30 cm each

    Diptych : Pigment inks on fibre paper

    Edition of 7

  • Mamkoena, Rooistena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Mamkoena, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper / Pigment inks on fiber paper- diptych

    30 x 30 cm / 50 x 50c...

  • Installation picture [Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016]
  • Installation picture [Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016]
  • Installation picture [Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016]
  • Installation picture [Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016]
  • Installation picture [Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016]
  • Installation picture [Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016]