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Thabiso Sekgala at the Walther Collection

The Walther Collection presents the second exhibition in its series on contemporary photography and video art from Africa and the African Diaspora. The first opened in fall 2015 with The Lay of the Land, a group show presenting photographic approaches to the postcolonial African cityscape. The new project is titled Close to Home at the Walther Collection Project Space until 23 April. The exhibition, “Vividly document[s] the flawed beauty of everyday life … the five young photographers in Close to Home represent a powerful new vision of portrait photography in Africa." The photographs of the late Thabiso Sekgala are included in the exhibition that explores intense social relationships through intimate portrayals of friends and family, in-depth accounts of eclectic sub-cultures and communities, or typological studies of professions.

Tributes to Thabiso Sekgala in Bamako and Lagos

Both the 10th Rencontres de Bamako Biennale panafricaine de Photographie and LagosPhoto festival 2015 have held to tributes to young photographer Thabiso Sekgala, who passed away in Johannesburg in 2014. “In his photographic pursuit of different places,” write the organisers of the Bamako Biennale “Thabiso Sekgala may have thought, to quote the lyrics of Gil Scott-Heron’s song Running : ‘It’s easier to run / easier than staying and finding out you’re the only one…who didn’t run.’ From Bulawayo to Berlin, Sekgala’s photography offers glimpses of movement over time, just as it forms a legacy that will endure forever.” Lagos Photo ended on 27 November and the Bamako Biennale runs until 31 December 2015.

Thabiso Sekgala in UK - Indian collab

British photographer Kalpesh Lathigra and South African Thabiso Sekgala have embarked on an unusual collaboration to develop work at the same time in two cities. Together, they have chosen to explore communities and representation, exploring “understandings of belonging, histories, silence, memory and loss.” The two chose to begin their project in connection with Indian communities in two primary locations; Marabastad and Laudium in South Africa, and in Brighton, UK. The project is part of SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, which is a partnership between the Department of Arts & Culture, South Africa and the British Council.

  • Solo exhibitions

    Thabiso Sekgala / Running / 2014

    Group exhibitions

    [Working Title] / 2012

    BASIC REALITY / 2011

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  • Press for Thabiso Sekgala

    Thabiso Sekgala / The Con / South Africa / 23 October 2014

    Thabiso Sekgala - The Runaway by Musa Nxumalo (443.5 KB)

    Thabiso Sekgala / Mail and Guardian / South Africa / 24 - 30 October 2014

    Suicide stills another rising star by Sean O'Toole (292.2 KB)