DAVID GOLDBLATT

Structures of Dominion and Democracy
September 6 - October 18, 2014
Paris
Selected Works
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<i>Here, on 26 June 1955, under harassment by the police, some 3000 people from all over South Africa, representing many organisations, adopted the Freedom Charter, which inspired the constitution of post-apartheid democratic South Africa. Freedom Square, Kliptown, Soweto, Johannesburg. 10 December 2003</i> Image
Here, on 26 June 1955, under harassment by the police, some 3000 people from all over South Africa, representing many organisations, adopted the Freedom Charter, which inspired the constitution of post-apartheid democratic South Africa. Freedom Square, Kliptown, Soweto, Johannesburg. 10 December 2003
<i>Covering what was formerly Freedom Square, the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication commemorates the Congress of the People and the signing of the Freedom Charter in 1955. Kliptown, Soweto. 22 June 2006</i> Image
Covering what was formerly Freedom Square, the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication commemorates the Congress of the People and the signing of the Freedom Charter in 1955. Kliptown, Soweto. 22 June 2006
<i>Detail of a memorial to children "We are still here", consisting of copies of advertisements that appeared in the Cape Government Gazette. Longmarket pedestrian mall, Cape Town. 11 March 2012</i> Image
Detail of a memorial to children "We are still here", consisting of copies of advertisements that appeared in the Cape Government Gazette. Longmarket pedestrian mall, Cape Town. 11 March 2012
<i>Unveiled in 2007, this memorial to those who died of HIV/AIDS related diseases was conceived by Dr Ivan Toms and Soraya Elloher. Mitchell's Plain, Cape Town. 13 September 2013</i> Image
Unveiled in 2007, this memorial to those who died of HIV/AIDS related diseases was conceived by Dr Ivan Toms and Soraya Elloher. Mitchell's Plain, Cape Town. 13 September 2013
<i>Street traders and the colonnade of the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, Kliptown, Soweto. 7 February 2014</i> Image
Street traders and the colonnade of the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, Kliptown, Soweto. 7 February 2014
<i>On August 16 2012 South African Police shot striking mineworkers of the Lonro platinum mines, killing 34 and wounding 78 in seemingly wild shooting without good cause. The men were shot, some with their hands up in surrender, within a radius of about 300 metres of this little hill on which they met. Beyond is the Lonro smelter, which stood idle during the strike. Marikana, North-West Province. 11 May 2014</i> Image
On August 16 2012 South African Police shot striking mineworkers of the Lonro platinum mines, killing 34 and wounding 78 in seemingly wild shooting without good cause. The men were shot, some with their hands up in surrender, within a radius of about 300 metres of this little hill on which they met. Beyond is the Lonro smelter, which stood idle during the strike. Marikana, North-West Province. 11 May 2014
<i>The City, The Firewalker and the aftermath of copper cable theft. Queen Elizabeth bridge, Johannesburg, 29 December 2011</i> Image
The City, The Firewalker and the aftermath of copper cable theft. Queen Elizabeth bridge, Johannesburg, 29 December 2011
<i>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. Extension 8, Far East Alexandra Township, 12 September 2006</i> Image
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. Extension 8, Far East Alexandra Township, 12 September 2006
<i>The Thinking Stone, 32 tons of granite sculpted by Willem Boshoff. University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. 14 March 2013</i> Image
The Thinking Stone, 32 tons of granite sculpted by Willem Boshoff. University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. 14 March 2013
<i>Women's Monument, Union Buildings, Pretoria. 1 November 2013</i> Image
Women's Monument, Union Buildings, Pretoria. 1 November 2013
<i>Kite flying near Phuthaditjhaba, Qwa Qwa, 1 May 1989</i> Image
Kite flying near Phuthaditjhaba, Qwa Qwa, 1 May 1989
<i>South-east wing of a hostel for Black male workers erected during apartheid as part of a scheme to make Joburg city and suburbs white, Alexandra Township, 1 June 1988</i> Image
South-east wing of a hostel for Black male workers erected during apartheid as part of a scheme to make Joburg city and suburbs white, Alexandra Township, 1 June 1988
<i>Luke Kgatitsoe in his house, bulldozed in February 1984 by the government after the forced removal of the people of Magopa, a black-owned farm, which had been declared a "black spot," Ventersdorp district, Transvaal. 21 October 1986</i> Image
Luke Kgatitsoe in his house, bulldozed in February 1984 by the government after the forced removal of the people of Magopa, a black-owned farm, which had been declared a "black spot," Ventersdorp district, Transvaal. 21 October 1986
<i>Encampment of swerwers, nomadic farmworkers, on the road to Philipstown, Northern Cape, 30 December 1986</i> Image
Encampment of swerwers, nomadic farmworkers, on the road to Philipstown, Northern Cape, 30 December 1986
<i>Monuments to the Republic of South Africa (left), the late prime minister, JG Strijdom (right), and the headquarters of Volkskas Bank, Pretoria. 25 April 1982</i> Image
Monuments to the Republic of South Africa (left), the late prime minister, JG Strijdom (right), and the headquarters of Volkskas Bank, Pretoria. 25 April 1982
<i>Dutch Reformed Church, completed in 1984, Quellerina, Johannesburg, 3 November 1986</i> Image
Dutch Reformed Church, completed in 1984, Quellerina, Johannesburg, 3 November 1986
<i>Ozzie Docrat’s shop after its forced closure and before its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Fietas, Johannesburg 1977</i> Image
Ozzie Docrat’s shop after its forced closure and before its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Fietas, Johannesburg 1977
<i>Racially Segregrated beach areas and the boundary between them, Strand, Western Cape, 16 April 1983</i> Image
Racially Segregrated beach areas and the boundary between them, Strand, Western Cape, 16 April 1983
<i>Die Heldeakker, The Heroes' Acre: cemetery for white members of the security forces killed in 'The Total Onslaught.' Ventersdorp, Transvaal. 1 November 1986</i> Image
Die Heldeakker, The Heroes' Acre: cemetery for white members of the security forces killed in 'The Total Onslaught.' Ventersdorp, Transvaal. 1 November 1986
<i>Sculpture by political prisoner Japhta Masemola, commemorating the first and the most recent political prisoners on "The Island", Robben Island, 16 July 1991</i> Image
Sculpture by political prisoner Japhta Masemola, commemorating the first and the most recent political prisoners on "The Island", Robben Island, 16 July 1991
<i>SL S BLANKES
EUROPEANS ONL
Bus stop, Derby Road, Lorentzville, Johannesburg.
December 1973</i> Image
SL S BLANKES EUROPEANS ONL Bus stop, Derby Road, Lorentzville, Johannesburg. December 1973
<i>Mother and child in their home after the destruction of its shelter by officials of the Western Cape Development Board Crossroads, Cape Town, 11 October 1986</i> Image
Mother and child in their home after the destruction of its shelter by officials of the Western Cape Development Board Crossroads, Cape Town, 11 October 1986
<i>‘‘Cape Dutch’ house, Agatha, Tzaneen district, Transvaal, 10 April 1989</i> Image
‘‘Cape Dutch’ house, Agatha, Tzaneen district, Transvaal, 10 April 1989
<i>A domestic worker's afternoon off, Sunninghill, Sandton, Johannesburg. 23 July 1999</i> Image
A domestic worker's afternoon off, Sunninghill, Sandton, Johannesburg. 23 July 1999
<i>Landscape with lavatories, Frankfort Resettlement Camp, Frankfort Ciskei, 12 July 1983</i> Image
Landscape with lavatories, Frankfort Resettlement Camp, Frankfort Ciskei, 12 July 1983

Vernissage samedi 6 septembre 2014, 18h-20h

La Galerie Marian Goodman est très heureuse de présenter à Paris les photographies de David Goldblatt. L’ exposition est dédiée à la série « Structures » considérée comme l’un des travaux majeurs de l’artiste et qualifiée par l’écrivain Nadine Gordimer « d’extraordinaire histoire visuelle d’un pays et de ses habitants »1.

Depuis les années 1980, David Goldblatt parcourt les provinces de l’Afrique du Sud à la recherche de monuments et édifices, publics ou privés, séculiers ou religieux, construits depuis l’époque coloniale, avec l’idée que toute architecture révèle quelque chose des hommes l’ayant construite.

« Beaucoup de nos édifices en disent long, avec une transparence et une clairvoyance extraordinaire, non seulement sur la qualité de l’existence et les besoins, les prétentions, les désirs, les peurs de ceux qui ont construit et qui utilisent ces édifices, mais aussi, bien souvent, sur les croyances vitales et les idéologies auxquelles les vies sont subordonnées ici. » 2

Ses photographies en noir et blanc prises dans les années 1980 et 1990 ont fait l’objet d’une exposition marquante présentée au MoMA en 1998 intitulée “South Africa : The Structure of Things Then”. Depuis la série a été enrichie de nouvelles images de monuments érigés après la fin de l’Apartheid, pour la plupart des édifices mémoriaux.

« Durant les décénnies 1980 et 1990, j’ai photographié les structures que nous, Sud-africains, avions bâties pendant l’ère du Baaskap*, en vigueur entre 1660 et 1990 environ, et au cours de laquelle, les blancs ont progressivement assis leur domination sur toute l’Afrique du Sud et sa population. Ce sont les valeurs exprimées au travers de ces structures que j’ai recherchées et tenté de faire apparaître dans ces photographies et textes.

A partir de 1999, cinq ans après les premières élections démocratiques instaurées par le Congrès national africain porté au pouvoir par Nelson Mandela, et jusqu’à présent, je me suis engagé dans un travail photographique similaire.

Je me suis intéressé aux structures qui ont émergé avec notre démocratie et qui, selon moi, sont l’expression des valeurs de cette nouvelle façon d’être dans notre société, à la fois neuve et pourtant toujours vieille à bien des égards.

Les photographies exposées à la Galerie Marian Goodman proviennent de ces deux ensembles de travaux distincts mais intimement liés, Domination et Démocratie. »3

Parmi les séries photographiques qui ont fait connaître David Goldblatt sur la scène internationale, on peut citer « On the Mines » (sur les mines d’or de Witwatersrand), «The Transported of KwaNdebele », «Particulars » ou encore «TJ » (sur la ville de Johannesburg).

David Goldblatt est né en 1930 à Randfontain, près de Johannesburg. Il a été récompensé par de nombreux prix internationaux, tels que le ICP Infinity Lifetime Achievement award en 2013, le prix Henri Cartier Bresson en 2009 et le prix Hasselblad en 2006. Son oeuvre a été exposée dans les plus grands musées et il a participé à de très nombreuses expositions de photographies. Entre 2001 et 2003, une grande rétrospective « David Goldblatt fifty-one years », rassemblant plus de deux cents photographies, a voyagé aux Etats-Unis et en Europe (l’AXA Gallery de New York, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art de Rotterdam, Centro Cultural de Belem de Lisbonne, Museum of Modern Art d’Oxford, au Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles et au Lenbachhaus de Munich ). A Paris, la Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson a présenté en 2011 une exposition consacrée à son projet « TJ ».

A l’occasion du vernissage de l’exposition samedi 6 septembre, la galerie a le plaisir d’organiser le lancement de «Photographers’ References : David Goldblatt», un livre d’entretien entre David Goldblatt et Baptiste Lignel.


1 Nadine Gordimer, «Sudden Life, Never Seen or Suspected Before: David Goldblatt’s photographs», in Fifty-on years. David Goldblatt, Macba,
Barcelone, 2001
2 David Goldblatt, «Structures», texte publié à l’occasion de l’exposition «Home Land», The Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg, 1987.
* Afrikaans pour la «Domination du Maître» ou «domination blanche». 3
3 David Goldblatt, juillet 2014
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Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris is very pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by David Goldblatt. The show is dedicated to the series “Structures”, one of the major body of works by the artist described by the writer Nadine Gordimer as “an extraordinary visual history of a country and its people.” 1

Since the 1980s David Goldblatt has been travelling in every province of South Africa and photographed monuments and buildings, public or private, secular or religious, built from the Colonial era with the idea that the architecture reveals something about the people who built them.

“For as long as building or structures is, it may « tell » something of the needs, imperatives and values of those who put it there, of those who used it, and of the ideologies upon which their beliefs and lives may have been contingent.» 2

Black and white photographs from the series taken in the 80s and 90s have been shown in an exhibition at MoMA in 1998 entitled “South Africa : The Structure of Things Then”. Since then David Goldblatt has taken new images of buildings built after apartheid.

« 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 and attempted to elicit in photographs and text.

Beginning in 1999 – five years after the first democratic elections that brought the African National Congress led by Nelson Mandela 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 and yet in many ways old way of being in our society.

The photographs exhibited at the Marian Goodman Gallery are from these two separate yet intimately connected bodies of work, Dominion and Democracy..» 3

David Goldblatt’s recent work continues to explore the structuring of public and private life as depicted in series like « On the Mines » (about the Witwatersrand gold mines in the 60s), « The Transported of KwaNdebele », « Intersections », « Particulars » etc. with many corresponding publications.

David Goldblatt was born in 1930 in Randfontain near Johannesburg. He was the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the ICP Infinity Lifetime Achievement award in 2013, Henri Cartier-Bresson award in 2009 and the Hasselblad award in 2006. His work has been exhibited in many important museums. Between 2001 and 2003, a major retrospective « David Goldblatt fifty-one years », with more than two hundred photographs, travelled in the United States and Europe. (AXA Gallery in New York, Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona (MACBA), Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Centro Cultural de Belem in Lisbon, Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and Lenbachhaus in Munich ). In Paris, the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson presented an exhibition of works from his project « TJ » in 2011.

During the opening reception, the gallery is pleased to host the book launch of «Photographers’ References : David Goldblatt», a book of conversations between David Goldblatt and Baptiste Lignel.


1 Nadine Gordimer, «Sudden Life, Never Seen or Suspected Before: David Goldblatt’s photographs», in Fifty-on years. David Goldblatt, Macba,
Barcelone, 2001
2 David Goldblatt, «Structures», text published in the frame of the exhibition «Home Land», The Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg, 1987.
* Afrikaans for mastership or White domination.
3 David Golblatt, juillet 2014



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