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Joburg : Points of Wiew

Punctum Press - Roma - 2014
ISBN: 9788895410227
60 p., 28 photographies de Guy Tillim double page et texte introductif en anglais - 22 x 28 cm

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 In Joburg: Points of View Guy Tillim returns to the city which he last photographed a decade ago (see Jo'burg, published 2005). At that time, Johannesburg offered a provocation to Tillim's understanding of documentary photography and debates around representing a politically contested landscape. More recently, the artist has been increasingly interested in notions of judgment and control around image-making, which he explored in Second Nature (2011-12). In this series of images taken in Polynesia and São Paulo the viewer is not offered a conventional point of focus or easily identifiable subject that is the standard premise for photography. Instead, the paradox of photographing nothing yet everything, and of observing the resultant conflation of subject and object, becomes the premise for his photography. In Joburg: Points of View Tillim writes:

In 2004 I spent four months in downtown Johannesburg. I saw the city then as a giant puzzle. My plan, to photograph small pieces at a time and put them together to create a portrait, soon seemed pointless in the face of the city's infinite impulses that could not be contained in a manner of my liking. I couldn't see everything and be everywhere. I realised that to suggest some kind of truth, it wouldn't matter particularly where I was, but I'd have to let the place speak through me rather than trying to assign co-ordinates to a piece of puzzle. Of course the uncomfortable question then arose: who was I in this city, in this landscape?
It was this shift or realisation, or sensation, that links the work then to the pictures I took in the city in 2013, setting me off on a journey to make landscapes that would attempt, as far as possible, to be without pointed judgment, on the grounds that my judgment or preconceptions of a landscape, of a mountain or a skyscraper, say, are irrelevant in the face of its immutability. The process of finding an answer would call for making pictures that are more like windows than mirrors or pale reflections. A window's neutrality and its equitability would suggest intangible context; where the frame is no longer a tyranny, where it is an invitation to explore rather than state a claim. The frame cannot escape the question about what it can't see and can't know, but perhaps there's a place where the question simply ceases to arise.
Joburg: Points of View is comprised entirely of diptychs, pairs of photographs that both animate and freeze a momentary perception, presented in a concertina-style book. Through the expansion of the field of vision we are compelled to recognise spaces on their own terms, and by the same notion we are called to question our way of looking.

 Guy Tillim est une grande figure de la scène photographique sud-africaine contemporaine. Il a commencé comme jeune reporter dans les années 1980, lorsqu'il a pris conscience que la photographie était un moyen de lutter contre le fossé racial créé par l'apartheid dans son pays : "la caméra est l'outil idéal pour transcender ces frontières, pour voir ce qui s'est passé dans mon propre pays". Dans "Joburg : Points de vue" l'artiste revient dans la ville qu'il a photographiée pour la dernière fois il y a dix ans. A cette époque, Johannesburg offrait une provocation à la compréhension de Tillim de la photographie documentaire et des débats autour de la représentation d'un paysage politiquement contesté. Plus récemment, l'artiste s'est de plus en plus intéressé aux notions de jugement et de contrôle de l'image.

Guy Tillim, né en 1962 à Johannesburg, est l'un des acteurs majeurs de la scène photographique sud-africaine. Il travaille avec le collectif Apix jusqu'en 1990 tout en étant free-lance pour Reuters ou l'AFP. Photographe de guerre il couvre les conflits en Angola, en Afghanistan et au Rwanda. Photographe documentaire également, il cherche à retracer les marques du colonialisme et de l'apartheid. Représenté par la galerie Stevenson (Cap town) et l'agence VU (Paris), il vit au Cap en Afrique du Sud.
La fondation Cartier-Bresson (Paris) a présenté à 2 reprises ses photos : en 2009 ("Jo'burg" et "Avenue Patrice Lumumba") et en 2019 ("Museum of the revolution").

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