Prep Week for the Kliptown Photo Project
We've been amazingly busy, fortunate and inspired these first few days at the KYP. We've explored a bit of Soweto, worked out some kinks at the KYP, seen an amazing lecture, and met our photographers. Phew!
It's been a crazy week for us. We did so much prep work prior to arriving in Soweto that things are falling into place, but we have hit some glitches. Today, we purchased a printer for the computer lab. We can use it to print photos during the week of the workshop and, also, the printer will remain with the KYP computer lab for the kids to use to print photos, homework and whatever else they may need to do.
Of course, Julie and I unpacked the printer, started hooking it up and realized that it came without a connection cord to run between the computer and the printer. Which is how it inevitably goes, right? So, back into Zongi's car and back to the mall. (I think I can speak for myself, Linda, Heather and Julie when I say that we've spent more time in malls in the past four days than any of us have in the past four years.)
We do have some lofty ideas and ambitions, we are hoping to plant the seed with some of our students, we know that we, the instructors and directors, will be enriched by this experience; but at the same time it is work -- full of details, complications, administrative tasks, climbing around to connect computers and unexpected problems.
Yesterday, we went to the Sophiatown Restaurant and had lunch with Jerry Obakeng Gaegane and Patrick Selemani, who will be two of our instructors. Afterwards, Heather had a chance to return to Museum Africa to tour 'The Rise and Fall of Apartheid' Exhibition and also to punk around Market Photo Workshop with Jerry. She even saw David Goldblatt in the parking lot there.
Tonight, we will meet Tila Nomvula Mathizerd, who rounds out our roster of instructors.
After that, we'll head over to Mashumi Art Projects for an opening. Mashumi Art Projects is in the Orlando West neighborhood of Soweto. MAP will exhibit the work created by our students and our instructors. Just around 2 km from Kliptown, we're hopeful that our students and the KYP staff will be able to make it to the show. Zanele Mashumi, the founder and curator of MAP is planning to open the Kliptown Photo exhibition on July 25th, a mere three weeks from our end date. Sadly, we can't make it back to Soweto for that, but at least we get to take in a show in the space, so that we can imagine the opening of the KPP work.
Below are Heather, Patrick and Jerry wrapping up our lunch meeting.