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A Foreign Land

21 January 2020

Barnard is pleased to present ‘A Foreign Land’ by Cape Town based photographer Alastair Whitton.
“My first reaction to these photographs was to shiver. Two sentences came to mind, by I know not whom – ‘Africa is a cold country where the sun always shines’ and another – ‘The touch of the devil is as cold as ice’.” Marlene Dumas, Amsterdam.
“Conceived as anthropological ‘field notes’ situated within Cape Town, Whitton’s project is unreservedly about location. And yet, despite this affirmation of place, the images remain untethered, as though caught always between places, or moments, as ghostings of some other indefinable place and time.” Ashraf Jamal, Cape Town.
Essentially a portrait of Cape Town, a city in flux, this body of work considers, what Alastair Whitton refers to as, ‘the mechanisms of memory and the mapping of geographies’. Through the lens he explores ‘the architecture of time and the poetics and politics of place’. His photographs celebrate the seemingly commonplace and are in effect ‘monuments to the dislocated and overlooked’. Of his creative practice Whitton says, “I understand the process as a form of visual and cultural archaeology; a gathering and structuring of found fragments in an attempt to make sense of place and time while recording personal and collective histories.”
To date Whitton has presented four solo shows of his photographs: AKAA - Also Known As Africa, Paris (2019); Barnard, Cape Town (2014); Brundyn & Gonsalves, Cape Town (2010) and David Krut Projects, Johannesburg (2009). His work has also been featured in curated group exhibitions at notable museums and institutions in South Africa and abroad. Highlights have included Pratt Institute, New York; Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome; Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice; The Center for Book Arts, New York; Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon; Fotomuseum, Antwerp; Musée National du Mali, Bamako and IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town.

Participating: Alastair Whitton


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