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    Thabiso Sekgala

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    Thabiso Sekgala, Untitled, from the series "Homeland", 2011 (detail)

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    Thabiso Sekgala, Untitled, from the series "Second Transition", 2012 (detail)

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    Thabiso Sekgala, Untitled, from the series "Paradise", 2012 (detail)

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    Thabiso Sekgala, Untitled, from the series "Paradise", 2012 (detail)

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Thabiso Sekgala 2013/14

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The photographs of the South African artist Thabiso Sekgala (born 1981 in Soweto, lives and works in Johannesburg) shift between sober documentation, casual snapshots and almost painterly composition. Growing up in South Africa during and after the apartheid era has heightened Sekgala's awareness of location and belonging. His studies at the renowned Market Photo Workshop founded by David Goldblatt in Johannesburg introduced him to social documentary photography, which has become an equally important influence on his art. His current works from Germany, Jordan, Zimbabwe and other countries are a critique of categories such as home and identity, revealing their fragility and ultimately exposing them as ideological constructs. 

Exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien:

Thabiso Sekgala – Paradise, 24 Januar to 16 Februar 2014. 
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue (English): 
Thabiso Sekgala – Paradise, with essays by Simon Njami and Post Brothers, ed. by Nicola Müllerschön and Christoph Tannert, Dortmund: Kettler, 2014.

Education/grants:

2013 HIWAR/Darat al Funun – The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman
2012 History Matters Residency, CCA, Lagos
2010 Borders Master Class, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg

Selected solo shows:

2011 Homeland, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg;
Recyclart & The Viewer, Brüssel

Selected group shows:

2013 The Space Between Us, ifa-Galerie, Berlin
2013 Transition, Les Rencontres d’Arles 2013, Arles
2012/2013 The Rise and Fall of Apartheid, ICP, New York;
Haus der Kunst, Munich
2012 Shoe Shop, Goethe-Institut Johannesburg