THROUGH THEIR EYES
A solo exhibition by Justice Mukheli
Daville Baillie Gallery
16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Johannesburg
3 March – 29 March 2018
The Daville Baillie Gallery is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition Through their Eyes by photographer Justice Mukheli. The exhibition is a much-anticipated first solo show by this renowned commercials director, and style pundit.
The Daville Baillie Gallery recently moved to the development of Victoria Yards, in Lorentzville, an area rich in community and street life. We believe that those who look closely at Justice’s wonderful photographs will note how they resonate with the new location of the gallery. They will note, also, that the young characters in Mukheli’s well-observed works could be any of the children playing freely in the streets of Lorentzville.
While his images are laden with the freshness and openness of youth, there are timeless and uplifting qualities to his portrayal of the generation that will take this city, this country and this continent forward over the decades to come.
About the images in his first solo exhibition, Mukheli says: ‘I anchor this body of work in portraits of children that I have captured in South Africa, and Nigeria. Embedded in each image is this idea of Afrotopia – an imagined place of ideal perfection that is, simultaneously, distinctly African. These images, to me, are an index of spaces of possibility.
‘To me, there is a golden thread that runs through each subject’s captivating gaze, glowing skin and uninhibited interaction with the lens. This thread points towards an answer, a solution or a guidebook.
‘The work stands as a suggestion that we can seek out a new reality through the inherent knowledge that children possess, of how to live. In Africa and further afield.’
Daville Baillie Gallery owner Darren Neofytou says the forthcoming show: ‘Justice Mukheli is an artist who has gone beyond his comfort zone, and back to his roots, to discover something fundamental about the experience of this continent. His photography has an ageless quality, adding to its intrinsic value as an expression of pride in our collective identity.’
About Justice Mukheli
Justice Mukheli is a renowned photographer with a burgeoning career in the comercials industry, as well as in the popular media reflecting street fashion in Johannesburg. With his brother Innocent Mukheli, and Vuyo Mpanthsha, he has developed the photographic collective I See a Different You. The three Soweto born creatives have sought to change the image of Africa from the negative to the positive. He has functioned as an art director at Ogilvy Johannesburg and more recently launched a film company named 3Quarter Pictures in partnership with Executive Producer Neil Roberts. He was a finalist in the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition 2017 and his work was exhibited at the Pretoria Art Museum.