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Thabiso Sekgala: Here Is Elsewhere

Past exhibition
28 AUG – 6 OCT 2019
HENI Project Space, Hayward Gallery

Thabiso Sekgala, Tiger, 2012. Inkjet fibra print, 70x70cm. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery.
Thabiso Sekgala, Tiger, 2012. Inkjet fibra print, 70x70cm. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery.

A free HENI Project Space exhibition exploring home, intimacy, place and belonging

Here Is Elsewhere – Sekgala’s first solo exhibition in the UK – brought together 50 photographs from six different series taken between 2009 and 2014 in South Africa, Jordan and Germany.

Many of Sekgala’s photographs – which include portraits, street scenes and elegiac depictions of public and domestic space – offer nuanced, alternative narratives about life in contemporary Africa.

Running through all of his work is a fascination with the idea of home, and the personal, political or economic conditions that determine our relationship to it.

At the centre of Here Is Elsewhere are photographs from Sekgala’s early, career-defining Homeland (2009 – 2011), a series that saw the artist document life in two former homelands – territories established by the Apartheid government to house black South Africans forced to leave urban areas.

These images are accompanied by photographs from Second Transition (2012), a series that explores the relationship between the area’s platinum mines and the workers who live on the land, as well as Running, Amman (2013) and Paradise (2013), series made during periods spent in Amman and Berlin.

Thabiso Sekgala (b. 1981, Johannesburg, South Africa; d. 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa) held solo exhibitions in South Africa and Europe and has exhibited in group shows internationally, including LagosPhoto Festival (2015), Bamako Biennale (2015) and Les Rencontres D’Arles (2013).

In 2013, he was an artist in residence at both the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, and at HIWAR/Durant Al Funun, Jordan. He studied at Johannesburg’s Market Photo Workshop in 2007 to 2008 and was awarded the Tierney Fellowship in 2010.
The exhibition is supported by The African Arts Trust.


Homeland, Nklele Machika or Mary Koketse, Sehoko, former Bophuthatswana (2010) a photograph by Thabiso Sekgala depicting a young woman sitting on a concrete wall
Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery

John Fleetwood on the work of Thabiso Sekgala

Tarini Malik and John Fleetwood discuss Thabiso Sekgala’s photographic legacy.

The idea of home is very complex, and changes depending on who you are and where you come from