Text by Yaya Mavundla
Photos by Thembela Dick
On Tuesday 4 June 2019, we headed to Springs Art Gallery in Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, were Professor. Sir Zanele Muholi was scheduled to hand over a donation of 13 DSLR cameras, SD cards, camera bags and compact tripods to the students currently enrolled in the Ekurhuleni Photography Project.
Muholi, an internationally renowned visual artist, activist and photographer born in Umlazi, Durban, is an Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts/ Hochschule für Künste in Bremen.
On arrival, we were informed that Muholi’s flight was delayed and therefore will no longer be present. However the ceremony will continue as planned as the goods were already delivered to the gallery. Muholi was meant to travel from Durban to hand over the equipment to the thirteen (13) photographers, some of them coming from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
With Muholi not able to make it to the event, Lerato Dumse had to step in and hand over the equipment to the thirteen photographers with the assistance from Springs Art Gallery team members. The space was filled with so much excitement during the ceremony, which was evident that all the recipients love photography and this will change their lives for the better.
The13 x photographers are currently showing at the New Breed Exhibition at the Springs Art Gallery. Muholi discovered them during their visit where Muholi was a guest speaker of New Breed Photographic Exhibition at the Springs Art Gallery in April this year and was impressed with what the students had produced with not so good equipment they had.
The exhibition forms part of the City’s commemoration and celebrations
of the life and times of Chris Hani. The exhibition explores, focuses and evokes a unique photographic perspective from students on Chris Hani’s “TRIPLE H” CAMPAIGN; a visual depiction of- and how residents of the City of Ekurhuleni have benefited through, Health, Housing and Hunger relief.