Published on: 19th Aug 2015In May 2015 the 3rd combined South Africa / China photography exhibition took place in the Art.b gallery in Bellville, Cape Town.
Dulux who sponsored the opening ceremony and Welgemeend Wine Estate who hosted a wine tasting at the opening ceremony. Anatomic Sportswear sponsored sports jackets for each member of the Chinese delegation and during the subsequent days these jackets became standard attire. PhotovaultOnline.com was again the sponsor for the printing and framing of the photos for the exhibition using the surplus money generated during the preceding year from the hosting of national salons on this platform.The exhibition was on display for 2 weeks with the opening ceremony on Saturday 16 May. More than a hundred photographers and friends of photographers attended the opening ceremony. This year we already had more support for this event, with sponsors such as
The exhibition consisted of 250 photographs,and as this year was marked as "The Year of China in South Africa", the Chinese exhibition consisted of 150 photographs, while the South African exhibition consisted of only 100 photographs (at the the 2nd exhibition in Yixian in 2014 the exhibition consisted of 200 photographs of South African photographers and 70 of Chinese photographers).
In 2014 during the opening ceremony in Cape Town, Miss Guo Jing gave her speech in English (and again this year), so I decided to return this gesture this year by at least giving a portion of my speech in Chinese. My Chinese teacher spent many hours over a 2 month period to help me with the pronunciation of the tones (but in the heat of the moment I made many tonality mistakes!). I still only know a few Chinese characters, so she translated my speech in Chinese characters as well as in Pinyin romanisation as I can already read Pinyin with reasonable success. Click [here] to read the speech in Chinese (with Pinyin and English annotation) or click [here] to read the initial English speech.
We decided to create 5 sub exhibitions, namely
As one of the exhibitions consisted of the photos taken by the South Africa "delegation" on their visit to China in November 2014, the majority of the group went out of their way to attend this opening ceremony. In fact, most of them stayedon for the next week to be part of our "tour" to show the Chinese delegation why we love South Africa so much. This was especially great for me, as most of the conversations within the group took place in Chinese and I find it very difficult to follow their "rapid fire" conversations! At least, this way I had some fun (and believe me we had fun) together with my South African friends.
As this exhibition has so many exquisite photographs, I decided to create a virtual gallery for the exhibition. There are 5 walls below, created with the excellent Zoomify tool. You will be able to zoom in on an individual photo to even read the title and author names below the photo.
Like last year, the full exhibition will be repeated in October in Johannesburg in Museum Africa, where it will be on display for a month. If you did not had the opportunity to see it in Cape Town, be sure to visit it in Johannesburg. Guo Jing informed me that one to the television channels in China is planning to come all the way from China to cover the opening ceremony in Johannesburg! If you want to be informed about this and other future events, make sure to register on this site (click on the login menu item).
As a last note, to conclude these two years of cultural exhange, I just received word from Guo Jing that we will be invited back to China in November this year to hold an exhibition at the Yixian Photo Festival with the theme "Yixian in the eyes of South African Photographers". I hope to take a group of South African photographers with me. If you are interested to be one of our "delegation", be sure to let me know. (The South African delegation will also be invited to participate in a group exhibition.)
(If you have read up to here and did not click on a photo yet, do so to see them in larger format and also to browse through the rest of this gallery)