Inequality: A Different Picture Opening

Inequality: A Different Picture, featuring poignant photo essays by three visual artists, will be hosted at the UJ Art Gallery from 26 February to 18 March 2020. Questioning pervasive stereotypes about ‘township’ youth, black fathers, and women’s abilities, the trio of photographers aimed to portray how three Cape Town based individuals have confronted various forms of inequality to realise their passions, sustain themselves and their families, and ultimately bring change in their communities.

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) spearheaded this project in line with its mandate to address inequality and social cohesion. Working with award-winning South African photographer Neo Ntsoma, who mentored budding photographers Andiswa Mkosi and Ross Jansen, the resulting photo essays were realised in partnership with Igalelo. This NGO is dedicated to equipping entrepreneurs from underprivileged areas of Cape Town with valuable skills such as marketing, accounting and management, which are essential to build a successful and sustainable business.

Audience Responses
i was left so inspired at the gallery. the pictures tell so much about south Africas current inequality situation that has been happening for more than a decade now. keep the great job up…

THABISO • Attended Feb. 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
The core messages captured by the lenses tell a story worth telling to the whole world. The pictures portrayed a pro active view of the side the other world never sees. Renshia Manual of GrowBox is a true example of someone who strive for a better change and also aiding the community with organic fresh crops in a small box that’s brilliant. As for Bulelani Futshane of Township roots is a perfect figure to represent a real man amongst men the father figure of the future. As for the Sibusiso of Project Phillippi his story is the one I mostly relate to because just like him I have passion for music, we share the same story but just different authors (photographers) and subjects. So all in all I am impressed with the collaboration of Neo Ntsoma with Andiswa Mkosi and Ross Jansen under her mentorship they captured the subject of inequality: a different picture of good quality.

Khanya Shaun • Attended Feb. 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
The exhibition gave me hope as a young black woman. I honestly expected to see dirty starving children and homeless people, but I love how the subjects were changing the narrative of the townships. Giving others hope in a historically hopeless place. Telling the South African story through South African eyes. I loved it.

Lindelwa • Attended Feb. 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

SILVIA • Attended Feb. 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
The discussion about the artwork could be more detailed or formatted as an interview of sort

Sam • Attended Feb. 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
A different picture opening was really enlightening . The opening was well organised and I’m honestly inspired to make moves in the art department in photography and story telling. I would love to see more of South African from young to old man and woman practising equality and implement positivity.

Tshegofatso • Attended Feb. 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Cool event, next time please a variety of drinks

Titus • Attended Feb. 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
You had to do a lot of reading

Joachim • Attended Feb. 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
I loved everything about it. Shout out to Neo, she killed her speech

Nkolo • Attended Feb. 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Titus • Attended Feb. 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Beautiful pictures, I enjoyed the narative from the text on the pictures and the photographers, it’s a refreshing step away from European and world over stereo type of what Africans are and thus depicted. The camera went deep into the subjects personal spaces and we can see it in the pictures that reveal their intimate spaces.

Chule • Attended Feb. 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
UJ arts gallery needs to find innovative and creative ways of showcasing artworks. Like not have them on the wall only but hang some of them or put some artworks on a stand so we can move around it

Lesego • Attended Feb. 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.