The Daville Baillie Gallery will showcase the stellar work of photographer Justice Mukheli in the forthcoming exhibition ‘Through Their Eyes.’
The exhibition is a much-anticipated first solo show by this renowned commercials director, and style pundit.
The Daville Baillie Gallery recently moved to the development of Victoria Yards, in Lorentzville, an area rich in community and street life.
Mukheli’s images are laden with the freshness and openness of youth, there are timeless and uplifting qualities to his portrayal of the generation that will take this city, this country and this continent forward over the decades to come.
About the images in his first solo exhibition, Mukheli says:
‘I anchor this body of work in portraits of children that I have captured in South Africa, and Nigeria. Embedded in each image is this idea of Afrotopia – an imagined place of ideal perfection that is, simultaneously, distinctly African. These images, to me, are an index of spaces of possibility.
‘To me, there is a golden thread that runs through each subject’s captivating gaze, glowing skin and uninhibited interaction with the lens. This thread points towards an answer, a solution or a guidebook.
‘The work stands as a suggestion that we can seek out a new reality through the inherent knowledge that children possess, of how to live. In Africa and further afield.’
Daville Baillie Gallery owner Darren Neofytou says the forthcoming show: ‘Justice Mukheli is an artist who has gone beyond his comfort zone, and back to his roots, to discover something fundamental about the experience of this continent. His photography has an ageless quality, adding to its intrinsic value as an expression of pride in our collective identity.’
Justice Mukheli is a renowned photographer with a burgeoning career in the commercials industry, as well as in the popular media reflecting street fashion in Johannesburg. With his brother Innocent Mukheli, and Vuyo Mpanthsha, he has developed the photographic collective I See a Different You.