Gallery MOMO is proud to present Bridges a travelling exhibition of black and white photographs by Andrew Tshabangu and Rene-Paul Savignan.
Opening Thursday 28 February @ 18h30-20h00
Concludes 8 April
#52 7th Avenue, Parktown North
This body of work is a celebration of 15 years of collaboration between documentary photographers, South African Andrew Tshabangu and René-Paul Savignan from La Réunion Island. The focal point of the work is spiritual and religious practice and to this aim the artists have spent time researching and documenting in both countries. The presence of a rich diversity of religious practices is common to both locations. On La Réunion Island, due to a long history of inhabitation by people of diverse ethnicities, a complex range of religious beliefs is found. The focus in South Africa has been on the many ways in which Christianity is interpreted and experienced by Africans.
Both photographers agreed to a unique and interesting approach - they would always take photographs at the same time and place. In visiting each other’s countries, the artists were able to connect with their respective history and culture. Savignan notes that “La Réunion Island can be considered as a laboratory of the meetings of civilizations”, observing that the diversity of religious beliefs connected people rather than dividing them, with many islanders embracing more than one belief system without prejudice.
Tshabangu states that “the religious ceremony is a critical vehicle through which the community and the individual communes with the creator and with nature. In this body of work, I am portraying Christian practices from an African perspective and expressing the passion for a brand of faith steeped in both the Western Christian doctrine and African religions. This brew of spirituality is rooted in the heart of African communities”.
Bridges comprises 80 black and white photographs selected from thousands of images captured over the years that explore and document that most fundamental of human needs: the expression of spiritual longing through communal ritual.
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am 6pm | Sat: 9am-5pm.