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
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