We are proud to announce our selected photographer for our Artist in Residence Programme for 2019 – Thalente Khomo. The residency itself will run for the duration of a month starting Friday, 14 June, for four weeks to Friday, 12 July. During this time, the artist/photographer in question will have access to a studio with adequate wall space for the editing and sequencing of their work, the use of our studio lighting equipment, a dedicated camera for the duration of their residency, the use of our darkroom if so required, the use of a dedicated Mac in our Mac-lab and a stipend of 15 working prints (6”x 9”) per week day. The residency will culminate in a small show, which will be followed by a presentation by the artist/photographer in question on their work and their process.
“I am currently working on a project called Mthunzi westhunzi (the presence of others in us) this project talks about the other who lives within us, I have been working on it for two years now. Its reflection is on a journey of self-discovery and meeting new people in new places and taking those experiences and create them into photographic works. I am mostly interested in the visibility and the invisibility of shadows, the psychology behind shadows. In my culture a photograph is a shadow or it is called ukuthwebula “the stealing of the spirit”.
In this project I dominantly use royal blue and red to signify life, death, and powerfulness while juxtaposing these colours with black and white to represent past events, taken from the concept of old photographs which were not in colour. The project I want to create at Orms School of photography is a body of work based in this series as it is a growing series, its evolution in a studio space because it is a project I mostly did/ do outdoors. I usually photograph my sister as the subject, but now I want to create a body of work with self-portraits draped in this red and blue fabric in a different setting and environment where I have access to studio equipment.
I am looking into working with a low shutter speeds to depict time and multiple characters in one person which is me as the subject, because I believe photography has the power to take one to a different time. I am mostly interested in working in a new studio space with a full freedom to creation, the concept is already there I want different ways and spaces to create in as I am still developing my craft. I also want to create works that reflect the future, works that show relevance to the future while juxtaposing the past.
The idea of a shadow to me can either be comforting or discomforting, I want to create what I believe is work that touches another realm through my stories and experience from Durban to Cape Town. This project has its potential in developing to something familiar but alien.
The use of royal blue in my works, is to give power to the shadow of liberation of the self and a presence of others in us is something I usually observe. I believe we are more alike than different and also we find alien in things we have seen or know but no longer present. This project aims to capture spiritual element of reflecting on human experience, so my continuation plays a very significant role in presenting my works at Orms and gaining artistic experience in a familiar place but new to my muse. I believe in photographing spirits and those spirits show themselves This project aims to capture the spiritual element of reflecting on human experience, so my continuation plays a very significant role in presenting my works at Orms and gaining artistic experience in a familiar place but new to my muse. I believe in photographing spirits and those spirits show themselves.”