The Market Photo Workshop and the Visual Arts Network of South Africa, with the support of Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), present Georges Senga Assani’s first solo exhibition in South Africa, Cette maison n’est pas à vendre et à vendre (“This House is not for Sale and for Sale”), at the Market Photo Workshop’s new exhibition space, Gallery 1989.
Born in 1983 in Lubumbashi, Senga’s work concerns identity, heritage, and history. For Senga, these issues are connected to the idea of “memory” – the memory of who we are, what we have, and where we come from.
Cette maison n’est pas à vendre et à vendre is an exploration of the position of houses and homes caught in situations of conflicted inheritance. The project began in the commune of Katuba, the neighbourhood in which Senga grew up, after Senga’s family was caught in the complexity of value, heritage and memory that houses and homes hold, and that come to the fore with considerations of selling.
Senga’s practice as a photographer was triggered by the first edition of the Picha Biennale de Lubumbashi in 2008. He received a research grant from Pro Helvetia in 2014 for his photo project TRANSIT. In 2015 he was a fellow at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Forest/Belgium, as well as part of the project African Odyssey at the arts centre BRASS.
Venue: Gallery 1989
Date: 19 April 2017
Date: 22 April 2017
The exhibition open to the public from 20 April 2017 – 26 May 2017.