Stilled Life

A community photographic platform launched to give South Africans a place to share their Covid-19 stories. A place where anyone could send in their photos – not just professionals. People with both a view and a captured moment of what they were seeing and feeling during this abnormal time in their lives.  


“What is so important about this project is our desire, as Turbine Art Fair NPO, to reach out to the artists whose livelihoods have been severely impacted by the pandemic – and make a real difference” says Glynis Hyslop, Founder of RMB Turbine Art Fair. 


Entires were submitted in 3 categories:

#YourStory – View/personal experience of life in the times of Covid-19.

#NewNormal – Sometimes we surprise ourselves on the human race’s ability to adapt, adjust and accommodate.

#HelpingHands – Times like this 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.


This exhibition showcases the Top 100 images selected. All works are on auction and proceeds will benefit the BASA Artist Relief Fund.


The Top 30 photographs have been auctioned by Strauss & Co in their recent online auction. The remaining 70 works  are currently on exhibition at The Room at 44 Stanley, Johannesburg, and are available  through a silent auction.


To bid please visit our exhibition or contact us at TAFcurator@theforum.co.za


Donate to the Artist Relief Fund HERE


Lisa Bowes
Remains of the Day (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 600

Liese Homan
Holy Mass Action
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Bernard Brand
Holding Hands (SOLD)
2020
Digital print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 800

Mosa Anita Kaiser Green
Green (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 550

Arron Moos
An Oath, A Pledge (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 587

Liese Homan
Raiders of the last mask (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 800

Owethu Mashinini
Grandma's Helping Hand (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 821

Deborah Posel
Lockdown Breakout
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Heather Mason
Jogger on Food Parcel Day (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
600

Ruan Van Jaarsveldt
His name is Hero
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Michelle van Staden
I believe I can fly
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Gabi Bernstein
The New Abnormal (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Thato Motana
Mentally Outside
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Zandile Tshabalala
Lockdown Diaries (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 700

Katherine Fillmore
Homeless Shelter (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 763

Arron Moos
Passage of Time (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 800

Maryke Burger
I feel like a ghost
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Rohini Amratlal
Education in 2020
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Millard Arnold
Good Foods; No Eats
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Friederike von Stackelberg
Public Confidence in Governance (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 493

Friederike von Stackelberg
SLOW DOWN
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Millard Arnold
In the Garden of Despair, Hope Prevails (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Briget Grosskopff and Karen Curry
Seeing Eye Dog: A homage to Man Ray (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
ZAR 500

Briget Grosskopff and Karen Curry
Raspberries and Painkillers: A Homage to Salvador... (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 800

Fahmeedah Khan
A Ramadan Lockdown Moonset
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 1000

James Delaney
The lone photographer searches for business
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Caroline Margaret Joseph
Fleeting Footprints (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 1525

Deborah Posel
Promenade Places (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 493

Mart Mari du Plooy
Lockdown sunrise looks like morning through a chil...
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Gainor Andrews
Seashells
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Gainor Andrews
The New Seashell (SOLD)
2020
Digital print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 411

Philippa Berrington-Blew
Keep Your Distance (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 900

Jared Ruttenberg
City in Waiting (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Fidel Mbongwa
OUTSIDE
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
500

Philippa Berrington-Blew
Day 30 and it’s all Grey Gardens here (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 352

Craig Strydom
Day 5 - Covid-19 Makeshift Studio
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Charles Johnstone
The Playground
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Ndumiso Verity Bhengu
Lockdown (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 997

Michael Meyersfeld
Fenced (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Michael Meyersfeld
Veil (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
ZAR 500

Monthati Seanokeng Tshwagong
Lockdown in CBD (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Chelsea Selvan
Back to Front (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 600

Chelsea Selvan
Afternoon Service (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 352

Craig Strydom
Domestic Goddess (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 411

Hannes Loubser
Covi(vi)d Hibiscus
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Andisiwe Boya
Train Station (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Tshepo Moloi
Lines Are Drawn (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

MyMalaika_Photography
Beyond Time | Space (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 352

Mercia le Roux
Connecting Imperfectly
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Mark Llewellyn Strydom
Let's Glide!
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Brendon Burmester
Home Sewing
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Sibusiso Gcaba
The Distance
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Tandolwethu Mjoli
Unedited 4th of July 2020 (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 1500

Roystan Kemp
Table Decorations (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 563

Gabrielle Weinstein
Taxi Compliance, Human Defiance
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Liese Homan
Lockdown Loaf (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 352

Wezile Mgibe
Wamkelekile - You’re welcome 4 (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
352

Heather Mason
Family
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Shakeel Ramathula
Distortion
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Samkele Muzi Austin Skhosana
Consumer Culture in the Age Of Pandemic (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 550

Jackie Downs
Boy Inside #newnormal
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Kgalaletso Moerane
Insecure Livelihoods
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Kate de Wet
And still, love prevails (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 3752

Bryan Patrick Hattingh
SUNSET OVER STILLNESS
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Nicolau Silva
Growth (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 563

Simon David Wolfson
Submerged
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Shingayi Sikipa
Morning Jog Through Marshalltown (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 352

Nikiwe Dlova
Home Hair Art (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 4925

Kaldi Makutike
Covid Cold (CC) (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 704

Shingayi Sikipa
Covid-19 Did This (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 600

Fiona Wanjiku Maina
Hair Salon at Home (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 352

Fiona Wanjiku Maina
Protect
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Fiona Wanjiku Maina
Empty and Alone (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 352

Zoë Sasman
Parallel Lines
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Amira Shariff
In my darkness
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Lara Reed
"REFLECTION"...
2020
Digital print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Monthati Seanokeng Tshwagong
Rush Hour During Lockdown (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 600

Alet Pretorius
Driver’s Seat (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 645

Stefan de Villiers
Mom is my Safety
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Mike Bell
Kitchen Camera
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Mike Bell
Physical Distancing Portrait (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 1290

Hans Pienaar
Inner Life (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 550

Hans Pienaar
No Pub
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Marion Kate Smith
Tying Ribbons
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Bongani Tshabalala
Matsoho a hlatswana (one hand washes the other). (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 2932

Marion Kate Smith
Lost in a City (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 1000

Ellerman House Hotel
Organised Chaos (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Edna Maree
Staring Ahead
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Sarah Liane Matthes
The Dance
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Sarah Liane Matthes
Umbra
2020
Digital Print

Sarah Liane Matthes
Grandma Knows
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Kristin NG-Yang
SA Locks Down at Midnight
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Michele Dean
Floating in Silence (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 650

Thato Motana
Visitations through my Pen
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Thato Motana
To Face the Threat at School (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Thando Radebe
Yes I am Different (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Faye Galanakis
Cleaning the Fear
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Thandeka Mmbadi
Leftover (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 500

Nechama Brodie
Laundry Day (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 1290

Fidel Mbongwa
Untitled (SOLD)
2020
Digital Print
Sheet Size: 21.0 x 29.7 cm
ZAR 800

The Judges:


Mohau Bosiu, Anthea Pokroy, Musa Nxumalo, Greg Marinovich & Savannah Feeke


“The entries reflect the climate of the country and a world in transition – following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has resulted in the restrictions of movement on citizens as a mechanism to curb the spread of the virus. Many have been traumatised by this pandemic, some have adjusted to the new life with grace and elegance, affirming that strife doesn’t triumph over beauty. This dichotomy of sadness and hope as an anthem that keeps us going – is reflected in the diversity of the still images in the entries. What was most interesting for me was how many of the entrants found solace in the beauty of nature – ocean, rising sun/sun-set, and animals – to believe that this, too, shall come to pass. The connection with ecology, animals, street culture and children formed inspiration for most of the entries.  Art has extraordinary brevity, it enables us to go straight to the heart of our true reality. This project has enabled many of the aspiring photographers to interpret their changing world and find a new language” - Mohau Bosiu