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Tessa Frootko Gordon photography exhibition

Part of two photography exhibitions - 6 April to 4 May (extended to 29 June)

Meditations, Zanzibar

Tessa Frootko Gordon, a Boston based, South African-born photographer will be exhibiting images made on the island of Zanzibar in 2018. “I would not have known of Zanzibar had it not been for the art of Irma Stern,” says Gordon.

She developed an interest in African art and also European and American modernism in her mid- teens. Stern’s work held a particular fascination for its foundation and fluency in German Expressionism yet its sensibility and subject matter were essentially African.

Gordon had Stern’s Zanzibar in mind when visiting the island for the first time in 2018, some fifty years after first seeing her work. She went in search of Irma’s Zanzibar as she discovered her own through photographs of Stone Town and the East Coast.

This work in progress is a homage to Irma Stern and it is appropriately exhibited in Irma’s house, the UCT Irma Stern Museum.

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Posted: 2019/04/06 (09:00:00 AM)

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