Market Photo Workshop Virtual Exhibition Opening: Slaghuis II by Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo

The Market Photo Workshop invites story telling audiences at home and at work to its first virtual exhibition. Since the entry of COVID-19 and its subsequent health precautions, the Market Photo Workshop has temporarily closed the doors of its galleries. Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo’s recently opened exhibition, Slaghuis II is moving online so that our supportive community can continue to engage this body of work created during a yearlong mentorship. Over the course of five weeks, our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) will delve deeper into the Slaghuis II and engage with Hlatshwayo about the motivations and themes at the root of the series. We encourage all to participate.
Slaghuis II is a search for what it means to be marked by violence. ‘Slaghuis’ is an Afrikaans word for a literal place of slaughter and a vernacular expression for a place of violence that had come to identify the tavern where Hlatshwayo grew up. He transforms the familiar spaces of home and tavern into places of making that takes up violence as a visual language. Slaghuis II marks a second chapter in this ongoing body of work, produced as the 2019 Gisèle Wulfsohn Mentorship Recipient of the Market Photo Workshop.

Hlatshwayo was mentored by John Fleetwood. Slaghuis II virtual exhibition will be open to the public from 27 April to 22 May 2020 via Market Photo Workshop’s Photoform Africa website. The re-opening of the Slaghuis II exhibition at the Photo Workshop gallery is to be confirmed. About Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo (b. 1993) is a photographer based in Johannesburg. He joined Jabulani Dhlamini’s Of Soul and Joy Photography initiative in 2016. In 2018 he completed a year course in the Advance Programme in Photography at the Market Photo Workshop. Hlatshwayo’s first Slaghuis series won him the 2019 CAP Prize for Contemporary African Photography in Basel, Switzerland. His work has appeared in NICE Magazine 3rd Editions and group exhibitions at Fotomuseum Winterthur, IAF Basel Festival, and Johannesburg’s Turbine Art Fair. Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo is the Gisèle Wulfsohn Mentorship in Photography Recipient for 2019 and Slaghuis II is his first solo exhibition.

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