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World Press Photo 11 travels to Cape Town

The 2011 World Press Exhibition will finally travel to South Africa, taking place at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town from 26 January–17 February 2012. Featured on the show is Jodi Bieber’s World Press Photo of the year 2011 – her iconic portrait of Bibi Aisha. There will also be a series of Photography Masterclasses and discussions presented as part of the 2012 Iziko Summerschool Program running from 4–17 February. Contact Jenny Altschuler for more information on 0829355522 or

Borders at Johannesburg Art Gallery

Johannesburg Art Gallery is hosting a small-scale version of the 8th Bamako Encounters African Photographic Biennial, which took place in Mali the end of 2009. Curated by Michket Krifa and Laura Serani, the theme of the 2009 Biennial was Borders and the show tackled the consequence that borders on the African continent continue to carry. “In Africa,” the curators say, “more than anywhere else, borders are a major issue, whether they are artificial lines drawn up by men or natural barriers, they generally delineate spaces of political sovereignty.”

Goodman Gallery represented artists Kader Attia, Jodi Bieber and mounir fatmi all took part in the biennial in Mali and have work on the show at JAG. Attia’s series Square Rocks (2009) explore borders as a hindrance to a better life; rendering hope nothing more than unattainable chimera. Attia photographed the youths of Bab El-oued, a poor district in the Algiers where he spent his summer vacations growing up. This is where young people, Attia explains, go to “loiter, smoke cigarettes, fish, some engage in prostitution… but mainly, they spend hours sitting on those blocks, as though hypnotised, watching the comings and goings of the ships that link Algeria and Europe… This beach is the very last border separating them from that continent, and above all from their dreams of a better life.”

In Jodi Bieber’s Going Home series (2001) – which won the European Union prize for documentary photography – crossing borders is not merely a dream, but a necessity and, ultimately a fruitless and painful ordeal. Bieber documented the period after devastating floods in Mozambique in 2000. “At the same time in South Africa,” she explains, “Operation Crackdown was in progress. This was an ongoing initiative by the police services to eliminate the high level of crime in our country and part of their duties was to detain illegal immigrants… in Lindela a repatriation centre in Krugersdorp. From there illegal immigrants from neighbouring countries would board a train which would take them back to their country of origin.”

Fatmi’s video installation History of History confronts what happens to a political luminary when he is removed from the moment in history that established his legacy. David Hilliard – Chief of Staff for the Black Panther Party in the 1960s – is the focus of the video, which reveals what a man who contested a prevailing power system, rose up against racial and economic disparity becomes almost half a century later.

Borders runs at Johannesburg Art Gallery until 26 September 2010.

Various artists on Figures & Fictions at the V&A

Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London featured works by some of the most exciting and inventive photographers living and working in South Africa today, including Goodman Gallery artists Jodi Bieber, Kudzanai Chiurai, Hasan & Husain Essop, David Goldblatt, Mikhael Subotzky and Nontsikelelo Veleko. The exhibition presented the vibrant and sophisticated photographic culture that has emerged in post-apartheid South Africa. The works that were on display respond to the country’s powerful rethinking of issues of identity across race, gender, class and politics. The photographs depict people within their individual, family and community lives, practicing religious customs, observing social rituals, wearing street fashion or existing on the fringes of society. All the photographers question what it is to be human at this time in South Africa.

The exhibition ran from 12 April to 17 July 2011.

Click Here to view the video From Black and White to Full Colour: a curator’s journey in which curator of Figures & Fictions, Tamar Garb, reflects on her Cape Town upbringing and the forthcoming show.

Jodi Bieber’s First Prize at the Picture of the Year International 2009

Jodi Bieber has won First Prize Portrait Series with ‘Real Beauty’ at Picture of the Year International (POYI) in the USA, March 2009.

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Press for Jodi Bieber

Jodi Bieber / SA Jewish Report / South Africa / 5 April 2014

Jodi Bieber takes on the behemoth of Maleness by Robyn Sassen (214.2 KB)

Jodi Bieber / Culture / United States / 3 April 2014

Jodi Bieber: Quiet by Hans Aschim (302.3 KB)

Jodi Bieber / The Sunday Times / 8 August 2010

SA Photographer Shakes the World by Karen van Rooyen (719.6 KB)

Jodi Bieber / The New Yorker / 7 July 2010

Postcard from Soweto by Whitney Johnson (1.2 MB)

Jodi Bieber / Mail & Guardian / 14 June 2010

Jive Soweto by Matthew Krouse (399.2 KB)

Jodi Bieber / The Sunday Times /Johannesburg / South Africa / 30 March 2014

Brief Moments by Oliver Roberts (296.4 KB)

Jodi Bieber / The Saturday Star / Johannesburg / South Africa / 4 -5 April 2014

Photos Quietly Challenge Notions Of Male Identity by Paballo Thekiso (2 MB)

Jodi Bieber / The Star / Johannesburg / South Africa / 5 August 2010

Review of Soweto by Tshepo Tshabalala (1.8 MB)
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