Gideon Mendel - Drowning World

Oct 18 - Feb 28 2018       University Corner, cnr Bertha St and Jorissen St, Braamfontein
After debuting at the East Wing Gallery of Somerset House in London and being shown at a number of other major museums around the world, award-winning South African-born photographer Gideon Mendel’s exhibition Drowning World comes to South Africa. Mendel's series, which focuses on the human effects of flooding around the world, won him the Greenpeace Photo 2016 Jury Award and has been featured in magazines such as National Geographic.

An ongoing project that began 10 years ago, Drowning World is made up of three bodies of photographic work, Submerged Portraits, Floodlines, Watermarks and a video The Water Chapters. Highlighting the impact of global warming and climate change, Drowning World focuses on the effects of flooding on every day lives.

The first body of work Submerged Portraits has been described by celebrated artist and writer Gordon Glyn-Jones as having a "peculiar stillness to them". While the subject’s worlds have turned into a dystopian hell, they gaze out sedately as if posing for a traditional portrait. The portrait series captures the victims of the floods still in their homes, with the water levels often at waist-level and higher.

The Floodlines series tracks the invasion of flood water through intimate spaces, homes and landscapes, while in Watermarks Mendel records the dramatic damage caused to personal belongings - specifically photographs - by reinventing images found by floodwaters as relics of an apocalypse.

Mendel's film The Water Chapters was filmed alongside the capturing of the stills for the Submerged Portraits series and reveals the eerie tension between the static photos and the silence that follows after a flood.



Open 10:00-16:00. Closed Mon, Tue. Oct 18 2017 - Feb 28 2018
Wits Art Museum (WAM)
University Corner, cnr Bertha St and Jorissen St, Braamfontein
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