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Photography enables one to express themselves artistically. It permits me to have subjective yet conscious opinions on certain matters surrounding our everyday lives. I find photography to have formed an imaginative realm of artistry and thinking that I can explore through imagery.
I studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg in early 2009. Graduating in mid 2010. Having acquired much knowledge about photography in the few years at the institution.
I have fallen in love with the medium itself and constructing narratives out of the realities that are of the city of Johannesburg - where I reside.
My work explores the urban. I try create what would seem extraordinary or unfamiliar out of the simple day-to-day encounters with the city of Johannesburg. Creating subjective, intimate close to surreal narratives from my observation of the city and the activities in it. Having created an elusive city. One I wish to share with everyone. One also with the same political, economical and social issues faced by the city I live within today. I raise notions of it being imaginary yet real at the same time and questioning whether the city we live in is reforming and redefining itself to how we see it today.
I predominantly photograph at night. As much activity from the day is serene by night-time. I photograph vignettes of scenarios in the city which I think might represent certain ideologies and suggestions when placed with other series’ of vignettes about the city .
Dayanita Singh and her ideas about “the connection between time and space and the representation of private and public memory” and in terms of constructing a visual narrative, Daniel Blaufuks’ approach to “the relationship between photography, memory, and writing” is key to my subjective understanding of how photographs point to other realities beyond what is contained within the frame and when within a narrative.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mack Magagane was born in Soweto, Johannesburg, in 1990. He completed his photography course at the Market Photo Workshop in 2010. He has been exhibited both locally and internationally. His series, ...in this city, which was produced during his 2011/12 Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop, was first exhibited at the Photo Workshop Gallery in 2012 and has since travelled to Portugal, France and Germany.
His projects have been shown in numerous biennials and galleries across the country and in Europe. Magagane was the 2011 ACT ImpACT Award for Visual Art recipient and later in 2013, was inducted in Mail&Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans. At the end of 2013, Magagane completed a three month residency at Centre Photographique d’Île-de-France, Paris, France as part of the French - South Africa season in France.
Magagane currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.