Jabulani Dhlamini / iXesha! / 2018

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The approximate English translation for the Xhosa word ‘ixesha’ is time. By titling his third solo exhibition with Goodman Gallery iXesha!, Jabulani Dhlamini offers a lens for considering this elusive concept through his photography, which expands on the notion of time in various ways.

This early-career survey brings together recent bodies of work in which Dhlamini explores the concept of a collective national memory in light of South Africa’s traumatic history.

iQhawekazi (2018), a key series on this exhibition, responds to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s recent death. For this series, Dhlamini turns his camera toward symbolic expressions of mourning and memory, such as the informal street memorials that coalesced around Madikizela-Mandela’s official memorial in Soweto. This moving series was first published in the Financial Times for the ‘Millennials’ edition in April 2018. Among the nine photographers selected for this issue, Dhlamini was the only featured artist from the African continent. In this special edition, he is named as ‘one of the best young photographic talents around the world’.

Another key series in iXesha! is Recaptured (2016), in which Dhlamini explores the interaction between personal and collective memory within the context of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre. From 2013 to 2016, Dhlamini spent time with South Africans who experienced the trauma of the massacre, seeking to create a visual representation of social memory by photographing objects which triggered individual recollections of that historic day.

Dhlamini’s characteristically subtle approach to capturing South Africa’s fraught past and present positions him within a specific trajectory of South African photography, initially carved out by the late David Goldblatt. In recognition of a shared sensibility, Dhlamini was selected by Goldblatt to feature alongside three other young local photographers for Five Photographers, A Tribute to David Goldblatt at the French Institute in Johannesburg earlier this year.

For Dhlamini, iXesha! represents an important moment, ‘bringing together various bodies of work that document the present in different contexts, as I lay down a foundation for navigating the future’.

According to curator Teboho Ralesai, Dhlamini’s subtlety in vision stems from the fact that he sees the self as equally important to the collective: ‘This translates into shooting quiet moments and symbolic objects, often pointing away from the action, which can, in turn, resonate very powerfully with a sense of collective feeling and memory.’

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Jabulani Dhlamini was born in Warden, Free State in 1983. In 2012, Dhlamini held his first solo exhibition at the Market Photo Workshop Gallery in Johannesburg and the following year, his first commercial exhibition at Goodman Gallery Cape Town. Prior to that, Dhlamini received a National Diploma in Photography from the Vaal University of Technology in 2009. He is the recipient of numerous awards in photography, including two Profoto Awards in 2008 and in 2009, a Fujifilm Southern Africa Photographic Award and Edward Ruiz Mentorship for 2011—2012. He lives and works in Johannesburg.

ABOUT THE CURATOR:

iXesha! is the first exhibition curated by Teboho Ralesai at Goodman Gallery.

Ralesai has a B.Tech fine Art from Vaal University of technology. In 2013 he participated in the Marco Cianfanelli mentorship programme as part of the Standard Bank New Rosebank Headquarters Sculpture Installation. He previously curated a group show at SoMa Art Space in Johannesburg, and exhibited his own artwork at the FNB Art Fair in 2014 and 2015.

  • Dube Hostel. Soweto

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Dube Hostel. Soweto, 2018

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    Work: 100 x 100 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Ngakwa  Mam Winnie, Orlando West. Soweto

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Ngakwa Mam Winnie, Orlando West. Soweto, 2018

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    Work: 100 x 100 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Taba Dimahlong, Mzimhlophe Soweto

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Taba Dimahlong, Mzimhlophe Soweto, 2018

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    Work: 100 x 100 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Kwa Qawekazi, Orlando West

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Kwa Qawekazi, Orlando West, 2018

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    Work: 100 x 100 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Mkhulu Makomu Dhlamini, Zenzeleni in Warden

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Mkhulu Makomu Dhlamini, Zenzeleni in Warden , 2016

    Pigment inks on fiber paper / Pigmnent inks on fiber paper

    Work: 100 x 100 cm<...

  • eZiko, eKliptown, Soweto

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    eZiko, eKliptown, Soweto, 2016

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    Work: 36 x 36 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Winnie's house. eOrlando West, Soweto

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Winnie's house. eOrlando West, Soweto, 2018

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    Work / Work: 100 x 149.77 cm

    Edition of 7

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  • Morena. Orlando West, Soweto

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Morena. Orlando West, Soweto , 2018

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    Work: 100 x 100 cm

    Edition of 7

  • I am waiting for your signal Mama,Orlando West

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    I am waiting for your signal Mama,Orlando West, 2018

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    Work: 100 x 100 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Lefu Lehole ke ditsheho, eWinnie Mandela park, Tembisa

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Lefu Lehole ke ditsheho, eWinnie Mandela park, Tembisa, 2018

    pigment inks on fiber paper

    Work: 100 x 139.34 cm

    Edition of ...

  • Eish, Orlando West, Soweto,14 April 2018

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Eish, Orlando West, Soweto,14 April 2018, 2018

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    Work: 100 x 100 cm

    Edition of 7

  • On our way to FNB stadium for Mandela's memorial service from JHB, Soweto

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    On our way to FNB stadium for Mandela's memorial service from JHB, Soweto, 2013

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    Work: 100 x 100 cm

  • Bazobuya sibalindile, eNkuthu Ladysmith

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Bazobuya sibalindile, eNkuthu Ladysmith, 2017

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    Work: 100 x 100 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Killer Road, eOlarndo East, Soweto.2018

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Killer Road, eOlarndo East, Soweto.2018, 2018

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    Work: 100 x 148.57 cm

    Edition of 7

  • Ngibonile

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Ngibonile, 2018

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    Work: 100 x 149.77 cm

    Edition of 7

  • ukuhamba ukubona. As I was running to take an image of the brigade escorting Mam Winnie. I accidently took an image documenting my movement. It's in this moment, I am reminded of zulu saying. That describe movement as a way of Seeing and to see is to know.

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    ukuhamba ukubona. As I was running to take an image of the brigade escorting Mam Winnie. I accidently took an image documenting my movement. It's in...

  • Rooistena, Sharpeville I

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Rooistena, Sharpeville I, 2015

    pigment inks on fibre paper

    Work: 56 x 56 cm / Work: 58 x 58 cm / Work: 90 x 90 cm

    Edition ...

  • Sunset shops, Vuka, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Sunset shops, Vuka, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    90 x 90cm

    Edition of 7

  • Rooi Stena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Rooi Stena, Sharpeville, 2009

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    84 x 56 cm

    Edition of 7

  • S.1206 Vuka section, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    S.1206 Vuka section, Sharpeville , 2009

    Pigment inks on fibre paper

    84 x 56 cm

    Edition of 7

  • 4505 Ditsheng,Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    4505 Ditsheng,Sharpeville, 2009

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    84 x 56 cm

    Edition of 7

  • 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...

  • Motloung, Rooistena, Sharpeville.

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Motloung, Rooistena, Sharpeville., 2015

    Pigment inks on fibre paper

    Work: 30 x 30 cm / Work: 36 x 36 cm

    Edition of 7

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  • 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-...

  • Dhlomo, Putswastena, Sharpeville.

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Dhlomo, Putswastena, Sharpeville., 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper

    90 x 90 cm / 90 x 90cm

    Edition of 7

  • Installation picture [Jabulani Dhlamini / iXesha! / 2018]