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In the early s Dutch photographer Ad van Denderen and journalist Margalith Kleijwegt travelled to Welkom, a small mining town in South Africa, to document the last days of apartheid. The growing tensions between the white and the black community often lead to unrest. The city was seen as an example of how things could go wrong during the process of change.
After multiple visits, the story was published in Vrij Nederland magazine and in the critically acclaimed photo book Welkom in Suid-Afrika in The book was a revelation to him: for the first time Tlali could see how the white community lived during apartheid. At the same time, the photos taken in Thabong provided a feeling of recognition. I was only twelve at the time, and there was a lot of uncertainty.
To think about the future, one must know the past. Taking this notion as a starting point, Tlali, van Denderen, and Paradox initiated Welkom Today : a multivocal photography project that will be launched in the spring of During that time, Tlali and van Denderen gave a series of photography workshops at three high schools in Welkom and Thabong. The collaborative outcome will be part of a book, a travelling exhibition, and an educational programme that colour the post-apartheid period from inside out.
Welkom Today combines old and new photographs by van Denderen, Tlali and their students, images from family albums and newspaper archives, as well as stories by by Kleijwegt. In a self-reflexive, non-hierarchical way, the project opens up to multiple histories and perspectives, across different generations and backgrounds.
The exhibition is curated by Anne Ruygt and Bas Vroege in close collaboration with the photographers. Together with CBK Zuidoost, Paradox is developing a manifestation in the Bijlmer area of Amsterdam and an educational programme for Amsterdam secondary schools around the theme of separated worlds. In parallel with the exhibition, Paradox, Atlas Contact and Kehrer Verlag are publishing a photo book under the same name, with stories by Margalith Kleijwegt and design by Jeremy Jansen.
Ad van Denderen is a member of VU agency, Paris. Lebohang Tlali b. While growing up during apartheid in the township of Thabong, Tlali developed a strong appreciation for the value of education. It inspired him to become a graduate from Kaospilots, an alternative business school that specialises in value based entrepreneurship and creative social innovation in Switzerland.
His projects focus on youth empowerment and use of photography as a tool to make a positive impact on the community and their environment. Margalith Kleijwegt is a Dutch independent publicist. She became well known for her socially relevant articles in the weekly Vrij Nederland en De Groene Amsterdammer.
Her first book, Invisible parents , parents, the neighbourhood of Mohammed B , about the lives and dilemmas of students and their parents at a multi-cultural school in Amsterdam, became a bestseller. In she published 2 worlds, 2 realities , a report about polarization in the class room. The report had a great impact: the House of Representatives organized a special hearing to discuss the findings of Kleijwegt.
Ad van Denderen is one of the key Dutch photographers in the collection of the Stedelijk. Since the s the museum has acquired photographs from several of his series, including Welkom in Suid-Afrika. His self-reflexive position represents a significant development in the contemporary arts. In the postcolonial era more and more artists started to question their position as image-makers. The issue of representation in photography, in this case addressed by Lebohang Tlali, is one of the main themes in the exhibition at the Stedelijk.
A great deal of emphasis will be on the meeting and the collaboration between Van Denderen and Tlali, and their artistic view on the project. The show opens with a selection of black-and-white photographs by Van Denderen from the s, which Tlali brought back to Welkom in They will appear on a billboard similar to the makeshift model that was used in front of the town hall in Welkom, October This symbolic act forms the starting point of the exhibition.
The original book from will be reproduced in the form of wallpaper, revealing the socio-political changes and major shift in artistic approach. In conjunction with the educational programme, Paradox and CBK Zuidoost will organize an outdoor exhibition in the Bijlmer district in the summer of Whereas the Stedelijk show concentrates on the artistic development of Tlali and Van Denderen, the outdoor exhibition starts from the viewpoint of young adolescents.
The exhibition in the Bijlmer will be activated by a public programme, with photo sessions, talks, performances and a great deal of room for debate. At Kwaku, a shipping container would serve as a portrait studio to connect festival visitors to the project. Workshop participants will be actively involved in developing the activities and will act as photographers at the festival.
Welkom Today is characterized by a multitude of voices, perspectives and image sources. Another thread is the critical assessment made by Lebohang Tlali and the artistic development of Ad van Denderen, which signals a fundamental change in documentary photography: instead of speaking about or on behalf of a subject, more and more contemporary photographers focus on speaking with the community they portray.
To bring about these different layers and meanings of the project, the book includes eight chapters about young inhabitants and their families written by Margalith Kleijwegt and seven thematic chapters. These two types of chapters will be visually distinct. Each type offers a different reading and feel. Welkom Today will be co-published with the renowned publishing house of Atlas Contact and launched in May , coinciding with the premiere of the exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the leading museum for modern and contemporary art in the Netherlands.
In the fall of Ad van Denderen, Lebohang Tlali and Paradox organised a series of workshops at three very different high schools: Teto High in the township of Thabong; Welkom Gimnasium, a former white school, now seventy percent black; and Goudveld Hoër, an Afrikaner school, predominantly white. The workshop program was not merely intended to be educational.
It also played a pivotal role in the production of the content of Welkom Today. In the workshops the young people represented themselves, offering a valuable insight into their personal lives, experiences and viewpoints. It also opened the doors to their family albums and oral histories, thus preserving and contributing to the cultural heritage of a poorly documented community.
Photography was used as a tool to stimulate social awareness, to learn about yourself by documenting your daily surroundings, and to imagine your future by visualising your hopes and dreams. This mess everywhere. But when I walk around with my camera, I see a certain beauty in it. More than a year after the workshops, some students are still active photographers, sharing their images on Instagram. This workshop programme tries to bring together a few of those worlds: the city districts Zuid and Zuidoost that each have their own demographic, atmosphere and identity.
The Welkom Today workshops in April and May enables the inclusion of the outcome in a free newspaper and an outdoor exhibition in Zuidoost. In doing so, Welkom Today brings together different generations and lived experiences, from the past and present, here and there. In the early s the Dutch photographer Ad van Denderen and journalist Margalith Kleijwegt travelled to Welkom, a small mining town in South Africa, to document the last days of apartheid.
An email by South African photographer Lebohang Tlali, 25 years later, was the start of the multivocal project Welkom Today. The exhibition in Stedelijk On the occasion of the exhibition Welkom Today and in collaboration with Paradox, the Stedelijk Museum is organizing a debate panel on the importance of manifold voices in contemporary documentary photography on May 19 between 15 and 17 hrs. Welkom Today photographers Ad van Denderen and Lebohang Tlali, art blogger and moderator Stephanie Afrifa, Renzo Martens and Melle Smets will discuss whether Western artists can make accurate statements on the history of Africa, a continent that is not their own.
The debate will take place at Eye Filmuseum in Amsterdam on 11 June at Are we living on the same planet, but in different worlds? What does it mean to live in proximity to the centre of a city or on the margins of it? What kind of relationship do we form with our environment and the community of people living in it? These were the questions addressed during the Do we live in separate worlds?
Can we accept segregation in our societies? On the occasion of the exhibition Welkom Today and in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum, Paradox is organizing a debate panel on the importance of manifold voices in contemporary documentary photography. Welkom Today is a collaborative project about the post-apartheid period in South Africa by photographers Ad van Denderen and Lebohang Tlali. The exhibition interweaves different Lebohang Tlali will be with Welkom Today photography workshop students at a pop-up photo studio at Kwaku Summer Festival.
The students will shoot portraits of visitors that will then be on show at the exhibition at CBK Zuidoost from July Visitors who have their portrait taken will also receive a print of it! How do young people experience their connection or separation from other cultural groups in their neighbourhood and city? How accessible are institutes and cultural platforms to them? Visit our bookstand at Unseen Book Market to browse our publications and meet the team.
She wrote about her experiences of Welkom anno in a blog in Dutch. He stayed for weeks in squalid pensions in Istanbul, where Pakistanis wait for the human traffickers who will bring them to Greece. He joined police patrols along the border between Greece and Turkey, where it On the south coast of Spain he photographed a group of a hundred illegal immigrants landing on the beach with rubber boats.
Soaked to the skin, they ran off Since the end of the Cold War in and the expected conclusion of the Uruzgan mission in , almost 90, Dutch soldiers have been involved in peacekeeping operations. What do we remember of them, what remains in our collective visual memory? Precious little. Work Exhibition Book Education Events. Land occupation on former Harmony mine site, Welkom, © Ad van Denderen.
New miners are tested whether they can stand the underground heat or not, Welkom, South Africa, © Ad van Denderen. Schedule Welkom Today Welkom Today is characterized by a multitude of voices, perspectives and image sources. Ad van Denderen and Lebo Tlali giving their first workshop to the students of Welkom. Opening of the exhibition with work of the students from three schools in Welkom. Students, family, friends and teachers at the opening of the exhibition.
A student with her photos, themed ‘Who am I in ? A festive Closing Party in the exhibition with of course some dancing. When I am tired, I sleep and pray.