StilledLife in the CityPress


The Citizen (Gauteng)10 Jul 2020

Three categories and entries close on Sunday next week.

Turbine Art Fair has launched Stilled Life, a Covid-19 photographic project for South Africans to tell their stories and share their experiences during these difficult and challenging times. The urgent and extensive nature of Covid-19 has ambushed nations around the world to varying extents, in what has proved to be a collective yet simultaneously isolating experience. South Africa is no exception as the pain of saving lives and sustaining livelihoods bites deep.

It has provided a pause button for many, as quarantine and lockdown facilities contain limited spaces for extended periods.

This has given time to reflect and observe. It has helped amplify what is unbalanced and what needs fixing and healing.

For some there also exists the privilege and the possibility to make better life choices.

It is in this enigmatic space that moments of hope and despair, and of love and care distinctly emerge.

Now there is a platform where South Africans can tell their stories, by submitting their own photographs documenting life in times of Covid.

Entries opened on 5 June and close at midnight on 19 July.

There are three categories for entry:

Your story: Simply share your view and personal experience of Life in the Times of Covid

New normal: Sometimes we surprise ourselves on the human race’s ability to adapt, adjust and accommodate.

Helping hands: Times like these are challenging and bring out the best and the worst in us. However, the stories of generosity of spirit and deep humanity are completely inspiring.

The top-100 photos will be selected by a panel of judges and exhibited online at the RMB Turbine Art Fair 2020. They will go on to be auctioned by Strauss & Co in August, with all proceeds donated to the Business Arts South Africa (Basa) artists’ relief fund.

The top-100 photos will also be show cased in a national exhibition. Submitted images will be featured on the Stilled Life social media channels throughout the project.

The judging panel includes Greg Maloka, Savannah Feeke, Musa Nxumalo and Greg Marinovich.

Stilled Life is presented by Turbine Art Fair (TAF) nonprofit organisation (NPO) in partnership with the Forum Company and Basa. The auction is sponsored by Strauss & Co.

Project terms and conditions:

1.1 Entrants under the age of eighteen (18), must obtain parental or guardian consent to enter. The application form must be submitted by an adult (parent/guardian) on behalf of the minor.

1.2 There is no charge to submit your entry. Any costs you incur in entering the competition are for your own account.

1.3 You may only enter one image per category.

1.4 Images can be captured on phones or cameras and your image should be entered under the application categories.

1.5 Please follow the latest government regulations on social distancing when taking your photograph.

1.6 By submitting images to the Stilled Life project you agree to donate the submitted image/s (should they be selected for the top-100) to the Stilled Life benefit auction, to be hosted by Strauss & Co in aid of the Basa artists’ relief fund.

1.7 TAF (NPO) will not publish or make available any personal information submitted through the form. – Citizen reporter


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