Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016

Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016
10 March - 06 April 2016
Installation View
Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016
10 March - 06 April 2016
Installation View
Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016
10 March - 06 April 2016
Installation View
Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016
10 March - 06 April 2016
Installation View
Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016
10 March - 06 April 2016
Installation View
Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016
10 March - 06 April 2016
Installation View
Jabulani Dhlamini
Ntate Morobi, Vuka Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper- diptych
Diptych : 30 x 30 cm each
Jabulani Dhlamini
Ayini, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
Diptych : 30 x 30 cm each
Jabulani Dhlamini
Zwane Street, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
Work: 78 x 114 cm Frame: 92 x 126 x 5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Taxi Rank, Putsastena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment prints on fibre paper
Image: 49 x 49 cm Work: 59 x 59 cm Frame: 71.5 x 71.5 x 4 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Dhlomo, Putswastena, Sharpeville I., 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
90 x 90 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Shebelezi II , Sea Point, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment print on fibre paper
Work: 90 x 90 cm Frame: 110 x 110 x 5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Holding Cells, 2015
Pigment prints on fibre paper
Image: 79 x 79 cm Work: 89 x 89 cm Frame: 102 x 102 x 5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Vuka Cemetry, Vuka, Sharpeville, 2013
Pigment print on fibre paper
Work: 80 x 112 cm Frame: 91.5 x 126.5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
Image: 49 x 49 cm Work: 59 x 59 cm Frame: 71 x 71 x 4 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Old Municipal Offices, Kissington, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment prints on fibre paper
Work: 60 x 60 cm Frame: 71 x 71 x 5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Inzilo, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
Image: 49 x 49 cm Work: 59 x 59 cm Frame: 71 x 71 x 4 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Sharpeville Maleho, Putswastena, 2015
30 x 30 cm each
Diptych : Pigment inks on fibre paper
Jabulani Dhlamini
iQabani, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fibre paper
Work: 30 x 30 cm Frame: 33.5 x 33.5 x 3.5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Uniting Reform Church, 2015
Pigment prints on fibre paper
Image: 49 x 49 cm Frame: 71.5 x 71.5 x 4 cm Work: 59 x 59 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Hlatsuo, Putswastena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
Work: 30 x 30 cm Frame: 33.5 x 33.5 x 3.5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Gogo, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
Diptych : 30 x 30 cm each
Jabulani Dhlamini
Ring Cafe I, Vuka Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
Work: 80 x 120 cm Frame: 92 x 140 x 5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Madiba, Kliptown, Soweto, 2012
Pigment inks on fibre paper
Image: 49 x 49 cm Work: 59 x 59 cm Frame: 71 x 71 x 4 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Old Police Station, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
Image: 59 x 59 cm Frame: 71.5 x 71.5 x 4 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Ntate Mokhethi, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks of fiber paper
Diptych : 30 x 30 cm each
Jabulani Dhlamini
Thabiso, Rooistena , Sharpeville, 2015
Digital print on fibre paper
Diptych : 30 x 30 cm each
Jabulani Dhlamini
Tuku,Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015
Diptych : Pigment inks on fiber paper diptych
Work: 30 x 30 cm Frame: 33.5 x 33.5 x 3.5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Mme Tsholo, Putswastena, 2015
Pigment inks on fibre paper
Work: 30 x 30 cm Frame: 33.5 x 33.5 x 3.5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Seeiso Street, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment print on fibre paper
Work: 60 x 60 cm Frame: 71 x 71 x 4 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Mamkoena, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
Work: 30 x 30 cm Frame: 33.5 x 33.5 x 3.5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Toro ya ka, Sea point, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
Work: 30 x 30 cm Frame: 33.5 x 33.5 x 3.5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Roma Church, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment print on fibre paper
Image: 49 x 49 cm Work: 59 x 59 cm Frame: 71 x 71 x 3.5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
S1167, Vuka Section. Sharpeville, 2013
Pigment inks of fibre paper
Image: 49 x 60 cm Work: 59 x 70 cm Frame: 72 x 82 x 4 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Tributes, 2015
Pigment prints on fibre paper
Work: 60 x 70 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Sharpeville Echoes, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
Work: 90 x 90 cm Frame: 100 x 100 x 5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Never Again, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
Diptych : 30 x 30 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Old Sharpeville Hostel, Kissington, 2015
Pigment print on fibre paper
Work: 60 x 60 cm Frame: 70 x 70 x 5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Sky is the limit, Protea South Soweto, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
Work: 60 x 60 cm Frame: 71 x 71 x 5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Mme Tshabalala, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015
Diptych : Pigment print on fibre paper
Diptych : 30 x 30 each
Jabulani Dhlamini
Self Portrait at Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fibre paper
Image: 49 x 49 cm Work: 59 x 59 cm Frame: 71 x 71 x 4 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Mme Norah, Putswastena, 2015
Pigment inks on photo fibre paper
Work: 30 x 30 cm Frame: 33.5 x 33.5 x 3.5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
Phelandaba Cemetry II, 2015
Pigment print on fibre paper
Work: 60 x 60 cm Frame: 71 x 71 x 5 cm
Jabulani Dhlamini
The Great Mabena, Putswastena, Sharpeville, 2015
Pigment inks on fiber paper
Work: 30 x 30 cm Frame: 33.5 x 33.5 x 3.5 cm

Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016 - Installation View

10 March - 06 April 2016

Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016 - Installation View

10 March - 06 April 2016

Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016 - Installation View

10 March - 06 April 2016

Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016 - Installation View

10 March - 06 April 2016

Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016 - Installation View

10 March - 06 April 2016

Jabulani Dhlamini / Recaptured / 2016 - Installation View

10 March - 06 April 2016

Jabulani Dhlamini

Ntate Morobi, Vuka Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Ayini, Rooistena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Zwane Street, Rooistena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Taxi Rank, Putsastena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Dhlomo, Putswastena, Sharpeville I.

Jabulani Dhlamini

Shebelezi II , Sea Point, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Holding Cells

Jabulani Dhlamini

Vuka Cemetry, Vuka, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Rooistena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Old Municipal Offices, Kissington, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Inzilo, Rooistena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Sharpeville Maleho, Putswastena

Jabulani Dhlamini

iQabani, Rooistena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Uniting Reform Church

Jabulani Dhlamini

Hlatsuo, Putswastena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Gogo, Rooistena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Ring Cafe I, Vuka Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Madiba, Kliptown, Soweto

Jabulani Dhlamini

Old Police Station, Rooistena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Ntate Mokhethi, Rooistena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Thabiso, Rooistena , Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Tuku,Rooistena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Mme Tsholo, Putswastena

Jabulani Dhlamini

Seeiso Street, Rooistena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Mamkoena, Rooistena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Toro ya ka, Sea point, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Roma Church, Rooistena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

S1167, Vuka Section. Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Tributes

Jabulani Dhlamini

Sharpeville Echoes

Jabulani Dhlamini

Never Again, Rooistena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Old Sharpeville Hostel, Kissington

Jabulani Dhlamini

Sky is the limit, Protea South Soweto

Jabulani Dhlamini

Mme Tshabalala, Rooistena, Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Self Portrait at Sharpeville

Jabulani Dhlamini

Mme Norah, Putswastena

Jabulani Dhlamini

Phelandaba Cemetry II

Jabulani Dhlamini

The Great Mabena, Putswastena, Sharpeville

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.

Jabulani Dhlamini

Jabulani Dhlamini was born in Warden, Free State in 1983; he lives and works in Johannesburg. Dhlamini majored in documentary photography at the Vaal University of Technology, graduating in 2010. From 2011-2012, Dhlamini was a fellow of the Edward Ruiz Mentorship and completed a year-long residency at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg. Dhlamini’s work focuses on his upbringing, as well as the way he views contemporary South Africa.

His Umama series was exhibited as part of his Edward Ruiz award at the Market Photo Workshop in 2012, and at Goodman Gallery Cape Town in 2013 – his first solo exhibition with the gallery. In Umama, Dhlamini pays homage to single mothers and explores the challenges faced by women raising children on their own in South African townships. For his Recaptured series, which was exhibited at Goodman Gallery in 2016, Dhlamini turned to the community of Sharpeville, asking people to bring objects that reminded them of the 1960 massacre. Over the course of several years Dhlamini interviewed and photographed a number of individuals who traced their movements and emotions on the day of the Sharpeville Massacre, relocating themselves within the collective memory.

In 2018 Dhlamini’s work was featured on the Five Photographers, A Tribute to David Goldblatt group exhibition at the Gerard Sekoto Gallery at the French Institute. In his most recent exhibition at Goodman Gallery, iXesha!, Dhlamini explored how memory is created and archived within a community where the memory has been localised. This exhibition included images from Dhlamini’s recent series iQhawekazi documenting the events around Winnie Mandela’s funeral.