Goodman Gallery is pleased to present Bôna, a selection of work from several photo essays by Thabiso Sekgala, which explore how social borders determine visibility in society.
Bôna is a Sesotho word with a double meaning. As a verb, Bôna means ‘to see’. When used as a pronoun, the word translates to ‘them’. Sekgala’s photographs evoke this title through the responses they elicit from the subjects in the work and in turn the viewers. The exhibition features work from Sekgala’s Homelands, Second Transition, and Running series.
“I consider how people develop place-related identities out of a notorious past and the complex ways in which people develop nostalgia for histories that could be considered illegitimate“, said Sekgala in an artist’s statement. Drawing on this understanding, Sekgala used portraiture and landscape photography to challenge these mindsets by creating an archive of shifting realities where people re-imagined themselves within a contested space.
Sekgala died in Johannesburg in 2014. Bôna is the first solo exhibition of Sekgala’s work at Goodman Gallery since then, following consultation with the late photographer’s close friends and family.
Those interested are invited to join the opening of the exhibition at 11am for coffee and croissants.
Venue: Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg
Time: Tues to Fri 9.30am to 5.30pm | Sat 9.30am to 4pm | Closed Monday