The urgent and extensive nature of Covid-19 has ambushed each and every nation around the world to varying extents, in what has proved to be both a collective yet simultaneously isolating experience to which no one is immune.
South Africa is no exception as the pain of saving lives and sustaining livelihoods bites deep. It has however provided a Big Pause Button for many, as Quarantine and Lockdown contains people in limited space with little movement for extended periods.
This has allowed 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 of and the possibility to make better life choices. It is in this enigmatic space that the moments of hope and despair, and of love and care, distinctly emerge.
In response, the Turbine Art Fair (NPO) has launched Stilled Life a community photographic project, and a platform that South Africans can tell their stories by submitting their own photographs, documenting life in the time of COVID SA.
Entries opened on the 4th of June and close at midnight on the 19th of July 2020. There are three categories for entry: #YourStory, #NewNormal, #HelpingHands.
The top 100 photos will be selected by a panel of judges and exhibited online at the RMB Turbine Art Fair, which will take on the form of a virtual fair later in 2020. The judging panel includes Greg Maloka, Savannah Feeke-Fortune, Musa Nxumalo and Greg Marinovich.
The selected photos will then go on to be auctioned by Strauss & Co, with all proceeds going to the BASA Artists Relief Fund.
Submissions will be featured on the Stilled Life social media pages throughout the project.
For more info, visit: https://www.turbineartfair.co.za/
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