The international photographic exhibition, reGeneration2 – Tomorrow’s Photographers Today can be seen from 27 July to 3 September in UCT’s Michaelis Galleries.
It is hosted by the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA). This is the first time the reGeneration project will be seen on the African continent.
reGeneration2 showcases the inspiring creativity of photographers from 25 countries at the outset of their careers, including one South African – Michaelis graduate Robert Watermeyer. He is one of 80 photographers selected by the Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne, Switzerland) from 730 candidates submitted by more than 120 of the world’s top photography schools.
reGeneration2 shows graduates and students of 48 photography schools focusing on themes as diverse as the urban environment, globalization, issues of identity and memory, their use of hybrid techniques allowing them to obscure as never before the distinction between reality and fiction.
The curators – Natalie Herschdorfer of Musée de l’Elysée and William Ewing (former director of the Musée de l’Elysée, 1996 to 2010) – made their selection with one key question in mind: are the photographers’ images likely to be known in 20 years’ time? They sought to remain open-minded as to whether the photographers had chosen a documentary or an artistic approach, worked with film or computer, supported their work with a detailed concept or preferred shooting spontaneously.
reGeneration2 – Tomorrow’s Photographers Today is the second iteration of a project developed by the Musée de l’Elysée in 2005; reGeneration – Fifty Photographers of Tomorrow was shown in ten cities in the USA, Europe and Asia and attracted some 120 000 visitors. Many of the photographers selected for the initial project have gone on to develop major international careers, including South African Pieter Hugo.
reGeneration2 – Tomorrow’s Photographers Today is taking place at Michaelis Galleries, UCT’s Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Cape Town from 27 July to 3 September 2010. The gallery is open 10h00 to 15h00, Tuesday to Friday and 10h00 to 12h00 noon on Saturdays. All are welcome and entry is free.