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Hanging on a Wire: Photographs by Sophia Klaase, Book Launch 1 February 2017

31 Jan 2017 - 15:30

You are warmly invited to join us in celebration of the launch of Hanging on a Wire: Photographs by Sophia Klaase. The book is edited by Rick Rohde and Siona O’Connell, with a foreword by award winning South African writer, Zoë Wicomb.

Essays by Rick Rohde, Virginia MacKenny, Timm Hoffman (PCU), Ben Cousins and Siona O’Connell.

Time:            Wednesday, 1 February at 5:30 for 6 pm
Venue:         Clarke’s Bookshop, 199 Long Street, Cape Town.
Speakers:   Rick Rohde and co-authors in conversation with Bronwyn Law-Viljoen

About the Authors

"In 1999, Rick Rohde, a Research Fellow of the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh, joined a long-term research project in the village of Paulshoek in Namaqualand, the aim of which was to understand and record the socio-economic and environmental history of the area. Some residents of Paulshoek were invited to contribute to the project through a photographic documentation of the life of the village. One of these photographers was Sophia Klaase, whose striking images of her family and friends became the subject of an exhibition fourteen years later. Klaase’s images stood out for their intense and idiosyncratic representation of life in a materially impoverished community, and for their frank exploration of Klaase’s own relationship to her environment. Her photographs and this book demonstrate the intellectual and aesthetic rewards of true collaboration and sustained investigation, and introduce a new name into the tradition of South African documentary and vernacular photography. Klaase’s work is the cornerstone of this richly layered study of Paulshoek and its environs."

To preview the book OR if you would like to order the book online, please click here. To listen to an interview with Siona about "Hanging on a Wire", please click here (Interview starts at minute 4.00 to 20.00).