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Designing Destiny

MOP6: Cape Town Photography, Film & New Media Biennale
September 15 – October 31, 2014

“Throughout history, what we have witnessed, understood, been moved by and imagined, has been powerfully shaped by that which we have learned, been told, seen pictured and designed for the world to be shifted by. Photographers aim to create those triggers. Images made by photographers are not passive. In partnership with words, and other contexts, they are agents with explicit and subliminal agendas, subconsciously or consciously composed to point out a view. In so doing, they intend to promote and celebrate – or reject and challenge the aesthetics, understandings and creations of the world. Photographs are forces that are active in addressing, affecting and designing destiny. ” Jenny Altschuler. (Director: Cape Town Photography, Film & New Media Biennale).

MOP6: Cape Town Photography, Film & New Media Biennale will present its 6th edition of the dynamic photography festival this year to include over 100 bodies of Photographic work in solo and group shows during this year of Cape Towns reign as the World Design Capital. Exhibitions will take place in prestigious galleries and museums within the greater Cape Town and online in virtual galleries and archives.

Barnard Gallery, in conjunction with MOP6: Cape Town Photography, Film & New Media Biennale is pleased to present Glimpse, a solo exhibition of photographs by artist Alastair Whitton. Drawing on cultural sources including literature, history, art and the Bible, Whitton is known for conceptually engaging work that is essentially concerned with the ways in which we recognize, recall and navigate the world around us. The artist’s most recent project Glimpse is primarily a series a photographic ‘portraits’ of objects and landscapes from a personal collection gathered and carried over an extended period. These images function as commemorative markers and explore the notion of the photograph as memorial. The evidence of a life; this collection of photographs chronicles aspects of love and loss, memory and geography and is essentially a meditation on transience and the passage of time. Glimpse opens October 21 and runs through December 04, 2014 at Barnard Gallery, Cape Town.

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