Matt Kay’s Losing Ground at the Bieler Fototage

29 April – 22 May 2016, Biel, Switzerland

For the 20th anniversary of Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography (Switzerland), Joburg Photo/Photo: was invited together with Fotopub (Slovenia) and Gao Photo (India) as new ventures to participate in their programme.

Losing Ground is the story of lost land, memory and identity when the South African government built the Spring Grove Dam in 2013. Simultaneously, the documentation of the construction of the dam marks the deletion of childhood-travelled roads, known spaces and keen memories for Kay. His documentation of place, family and friends from this area is an attempt to understand how images can hold place for that what it does not represent, in such that photography is elusive to capture the past and the present. (John Fleetwood)

Matt Kay Bio

Matt Kay (1985, South Africa) lives and works in Durban. He completed the Advanced Programme in Photography 2012 at the Market Photo Workshop. Kay is currently completing his Masters at Wits University. He was the recipient of the Tierney Fellowship 2014, mentored by David Goldblatt, leading to his solo exhibition The Front at The Photo Workshop Gallery and later at the KZNSA, Durban.


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Posted 28 Apr 2016