• Commemorative 25 year Moving Walls exhibition in collaboration with Market Photo Workshop
  • Platinum Belt exhibition to unpack the human, social, environmental and health impact of platinum mining on communities
  • Both exhibitions can be viewed in person or online at https://25.osf.org.za/turning-25-moving-walls/

This November, to celebrate 25 years of grant making in the country, Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), will unveil Moving Walls, comprising two photographic exhibitions in Cape Town.

The first, held in partnership with the Market Photo Workshop, is a commemorative 25 year exhibition profiling OSF-SA’s journey in support of social justice and human rights issues in South Africa since 1993. The second exhibition, by Ilan Godfrey, documents the untold stories of those communities directly impacted by platinum mining.

Since opening twenty-five years ago, OSF-SA has invested R1.1 billion in supporting efforts to build a more just and open society to help realise the democratic promise made in 1994. Today, many of OSF-SA’s programmes focus on defending and advancing constitutional rights such as the right to justice, equality, protest, social services, and to formal and substantive legal equality.

These exhibitions form part of Open Society Foundations global Moving Walls photographic program, an annual exhibition series that explores a variety of social justice and human rights issues through documentary practice. Since 1998, Moving Walls has featured over 200 photographers and artists whose works address a variety of social justice and human rights issues.

Exhibition 1: OSF-SA Commemorative 25-year Exhibition Collaboration

Timing: The exhibition’s official opening is on 30 November 2018 and will run until July 2019.

Venue: 4th floor, Temple House, Corner of Roeland & Buitenkant Streets, Cape Town.

Market Photo Workshop (a grantee for the past 10 years) has curated a contemporary art exhibition to showcase South Africa’s social justice and human rights journey. The exhibition uses various art forms and ephemera to document and celebrate South Africa’s democracy, particularly looking at the social justice and human rights issues that OSF-SA has supported since 1993. The art exhibition is curated by Market Photo Workshop in collaboration with Tšhegofatšo Mabaso and Refilwe Nkomo and will be on show at OSF-SA’s new offices in Cape Town.

OSF-SA Executive Director, Fatima Hassan said, “At OSF-SA we recognise that photography and the arts have played a critical role in defining South African politics and culture. During apartheid, photographs were used as a tool by security police to monitor political activists. At the same time, photographs also offered a powerful way to document the lives of everyday South Africans, their experiences of injustice, persecution, defiance, and hope. Today, photography remains a critical means for exposing and challenging injustice. At the Open Society Foundations, we strongly support socially engaged photography and acknowledge its potential to drive social change.”

“This partnership is very exciting for the Market Photo Workshop and OSF-SA. It combines innovative approaches to present critical artworks and public participatory programmes that confront, investigate, document and present compelling content to the public to ignite dialogue and knowledge for a better aware and engaged society,” said Lekgetho Makola, the Head of the Market Photo Workshop. “Together with the grantees who participated in this process, Market Photo Workshop looks forward to commemorating OSF-SA’s 25-year anniversary of working in South Africa.”

Exhibition 2: The Platinum Belt exhibition – Exploring the impact of mining in South Africa

Timing: The exhibition runs from 28 November 2018 to 15 January 2019

Venue: Community House, Salt River, Cape Town

Later this month, Community House will present The Platinum Belt project, an exhibition curated by Ilan Godfrey in partnership with Oxpeckers Centre for Investigative Environmental Journalism and Publish What You Pay Coalition South Africa.

In the exhibition, Ilan Godfrey, supported by OSF-SA, brings together over a year-long investigation into ‘The Platinum Belt’, which was driven by his commitment to unravel the untold stories of communities directly impacted by platinum mining. Ilan’s work documents the human, social, environmental and health impacts of platinum mining on mine-affected communities along South Africa’s highveld.

The exhibition assembles intimate photographs, in-depth narrative texts and a dedicated online geo-tagged mapping platform that engages with the viewer on multiple levels, revealing critical issues and providing a broader yet deeply personal understanding of the mining industry that South Africans seldom truly get to grips with.

This new exhibition follows Ilan’s previous work related to the mining industry, which culminated in a book titled ‘Legacy of the Mine’.


For more information please contact:

Dani Cohen and Sandra Sowray, Prolog, dani@prologconsulting.co.za / sandra@prologconsulting.co.za

Bekie Ntini, Market Photo Workshop, bekien@marketphotoworkshop.co.za

Ilan Godfrey, mail@ilangodfrey.com

About the Open Society Foundation for South Africa

OSF-SA works through a unique combination of both grant making and advocacy. This is supported by strategic research, demonstration projects, convening on niche issues, and knowledge exchange with network and local partners. OSF-SA’s work is supported by two grant making programmes and a Research and Advocacy Unit.

OSF-SA is part of the Open Society Foundations. The work of OSF-SA focuses on South Africa and the office is based in Cape Town.

Mindful of South Africa’s past, OSF-SA seeks to promote:

  • Democratic, responsive, accountable, and transparent governance.
  • The strengthening of democracy through informed and appropriate checks and balances on the exercise of public and private power.
  • The free flow of information and freedom of expression for all.
  • Informed and politically active communities.
  • Adherence to the rule of law and universal access to justice.
  • The ability of the poor, disadvantaged, and marginalised to exercise their rights.

In seeking to promote these principles, OSF-SA is guided by the values contained in the South African Constitution of human dignity and non-discrimination, and seeks the achievement of substantive equality and the advancement of human rights. OSF-SA is committed to promoting the values, institutions, and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic civil society. It works for a vigorous and autonomous civil society in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected.

OSF-SA currently supports over 80 organisations working to promote an open society in South Africa. Since 1994, it has supported at least 750 organisations with ZAR 1 billion in funding support.

About the Market Photo Workshop

For over twenty-seven years, the Market Photo Workshop has played a pivotal role in the training of South Africa’s photographers, ensuring that visual literacy reaches neglected and marginalized parts of our society. World-renowned photographer David Goldblatt contributed vastly to the establishment of Market Photo Workshop in 1988 – 1999. Since then, the Market Photo Workshop has been an agent of change and representation, informing photographers, visual artists, educators, students and broader communities of trends, issues, and debates in photography and visual culture.

The Market Photo Workshop also runs a number of Public Programmes, which are a series of events involving and directed at professional photographers, visual artists, educators, students as well as the broader public. These Public Programmes seek to inform the trends, practices, methods, and contemporary ways of working and thinking in South African photography practice through exposure to a broad understanding of visual culture as well as a networking platform that encourages critical thinking and engagements.

Showcasing a number of high profile local and international photographers, as well as student and alumni photography work, the Market Photo Workshop has been able to build a strong and consistent audience base around our gallery, ‘The Photo Workshop Gallery’ in Newtown, which is on the same premises as the school. Since 2005, when the gallery was initially launched, the kind of platform it has engendered encourages not only emerging students to experience and enter into professional practice, but has distilled a new type of photographic practice amongst the greater artistic community. Various critical discourses, especially around the role documentary photography, have been stimulated by the multitude of exhibitions that have shown at The Photo Workshop Gallery creating dynamic interactions between students and the greater photography community. In 2017, Market Photo Workshop relocated to its new state of art photography facility at Market Square premises by the Mary Fitzgerald Square.

The Market Photo Workshop is the recipient of The Principal Prince Claus Award 2018.

For more information, please contact:

Bekie Ntini

Coordinator: Mentorships and Training

T +27 (0) 11 834 1444

E-mail: bekien@marketphotoworkshop.co.za

About Ilan Godfrey

Since 2011, Ilan Godfrey has been working on an extensive multi layered project related to the mining industry in South Africa with his initial body of work culminating in a book titled ‘Legacy of the Mine’. The project encompasses various themes by focusing on key minerals that have played a pivotal role in the shaping of the South African landscape.

Ilan Godfrey’s current and ongoing personal photographic practice focuses on extensive issues that reflect South Africa’s constantly changing landscape, documenting the country with an in-depth, intimate and personal conscience. By conveying through long-term projects, a process of exploratory narration with photography, he reveals varied aspects of societal change across the country.

For more information, please contact:

Ilan Godfrey


Email: mail@ilangodfrey.com

About Oxpeckers and #MineAlert

On April 2016 the Oxpeckers Centre for Investigative Environmental Journalism launched the #MineAlert tool, empowering communities with information to advocate for change, and ensuring meaningful participation in decision-making processes, transparency and good governance in extractives. #MineAlert is a South Africa-based mine-mapping tool that builds on the Oxpeckers legacy of improving citizen access to environmental and social justice.

#MineAlert has since become an award-winning data-driven tool that is being replicated around the globe. It provides a centralised platform for users to access, track and share information and documents on mining applications and licences.

For more information, please contact:

Tholakele Nene

Coordinator: #MineAlert Project

E-mail: tvnene@gmail.com

OSF_SA exhibition invite