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kathalijne - swimming upstream

Swimming Upstream – Not just another photography project

kathalijne - swimming upstream

Swimming Upstream is a new project by Dutch photographer Kathalijne van Zutphen, capturing both the visages and the insights of young Cape Town creatives. The opening night is tomorrow the 11th of November and the exhibition runs until the 30th of November.

In a series of portraits coupled with one-on-one interviews, Kathalijne speaks to emerging and established DJs, musicians, filmmakers, actors, authors and illustrators about how they got started, perennial challenges within the creative industry, experiences in marketing themselves, and thorny issues like file sharing and copyright – all in an attempt to discover what drives them, and the difficulties they face in the current digital age. All the artists in the series were photographed in locations specifically chosen to complement their unique identities, cumulatively sketching Kathalijne’s own interpretation of the Cape Town landscape.

As one of the most popular haunts of artistically inclined Capetonians, the Grand Daddy Hotel provides an ideal locale for Kathalijne´s work. The Swimming Upstream exhibition features ten exquisite Diasec framed archival prints, as well as video and stills on digital screens throughout the Grand Daddy Hotel. Opening night will include a video by Cait Pansegrouw and Pierre de Villiers, introduction by Verity Price and DJ Akio will be on the decks.

The list of artists taking part include Toby Atwell, Lauren Beukes, Donovan Copley, Guy Buttery, Lauren Fowler, Twanji Kalula, Akio Kawahito, Miss Texas 1977, Tshepo Moche, Maloti Mothobi, S.A. Partridge, Verity Price, Monishia Schoeman, Neil John Smith, Hendrik Vermeulen, Tristan Waterkeyn and Sam Wilson.

Grand Daddy Hotel | 18:00 | 11 November



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