"Thabiso Sekgala: Here Is Elsewhere" Exhibition

©Thabiso Sekgala. Homeland, Nklele Machika or Mary Koketse, Sehoko, former Bophuthatswana. Image provided by Hayward Gallery

HENI Project Space, Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London

Opening: 28 August 2019
Duration: 28 Aug - 06 Oct 2019

This free HENI Project Space exhibition explores home, intimacy, place and belonging in the work of late South African photographer Thabiso Sekgala.

Here Is Elsewhere – Sekgala’s first solo exhibition in the UK – brings together 50 photographs from six different series taken between 2009 and 2014 in South Africa, Jordan and Germany.

Many of Sekgala’s photographs – which include portraits, street scenes and elegiac depictions of public and domestic space – offer nuanced, alternative narratives about life in contemporary Africa.

Running through all of his work is a fascination with the idea of home, and the personal, political or economic conditions that determine our relationship to it.

Thabiso Sekgala (b. 1981, Johannesburg, South Africa; d. 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa) held solo exhibitions in South Africa and Europe and has exhibited in group shows internationally, including LagosPhoto Festival (2015), Bamako Biennale (2015) and Les Rencontres D’Arles (2013).

In 2013, he was an artist in residence at both the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, and at HIWAR/Durant Al Funun, Jordan. He studied at Johannesburg’s Market Photo Workshop in 2007 to 2008 and was awarded the Tierney Fellowship in 2010.
The exhibition is supported by The African Arts Trust.

Amy Daniels