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Turbine Art Fair Calls On Public to Part-Take In A Community COVID-19 Photographic Project ‘Stilled Life’

The urgent and extensive nature of COVID-19 has ambushed each and every nation around the world to varying extents, in what has proved to be both a collective, yet simultaneously isolating, experience. No one is immune.

South Africa is no exception, as the pain of saving lives and sustaining livelihoods bites deep. It has, however, provided a big pause button for many, as quarantine and the lockdown have kept people contained in limited space, with little movement for extended periods.

This has allowed time to reflect and observe. It has helped amplify what is unbalanced, and what needs fixing and healing. For some, there also exists the privilege of and the possibility to make better life choices. It is in this enigmatic space that the moments of hope and despair, and of love and care, distinctly emerge.

In response, the Turbine Art Fair (NPO) has launched ‘Stilled Life’ – a community photographic project, and a platform that South Africans can tell their stories by submitting their own photographs, documenting ‘life in the time of COVID SA’.  Entries opened on the 4th of June and close at midnight on the 19th of July 2020. There are three categories for entry: #YourStory, #NewNormal, #HelpingHands.

The top 100 photos will be selected by a panel of judges and exhibited online at the RMB Turbine Art Fair, which will take on the form of a virtual fair later in 2020. The selected photos will then go on to be auctioned by Strauss & Co, with all proceeds going to the BASA Artists Relief Fund.

Submissions will be featured on the ‘Stilled Life’ social media pages throughout the project. The judging panel includes Greg Maloka, Savannah Feeke-Fortune, Musa Nxumalo and Greg Marinovich.

Here are a few submissions that have already been received:

HOLY MASS ACTION | Liese Homan

My beautiful Parish of the Immaculate Conception in Rosebank…our beloved Parish priests Father Thabo and Father Theo requested that we all send through photographs of ourselves and our families so that they could attach them to the pews.  This would make them feel like we were all celebrating Holy Mass with them each week when they recorded our virtual Mass.  They even took it one step further and attached our pictures to the pew where they know we sit in the Church each week.  “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20…albeit virtually. 

GREEN | Mosa Anita Kaiser

My father’s gloves are sitting outside in the garden. My mother does not want them in the house.

DOG DAYS WILL SOON BE OVER (HOPEFULLY) | Carla Lewis

Kryger, the wired-haired fox terrier gazes longingly out of the window, during stage 5 of South Africa’s lockdown.

Enter the competition here and follow it on social media:

Twitter: @StilledLifeSA

Facebook: StilledLife South Africa

Instagram: @StilledLife.sa



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