A photographic exhibition called Durbanity is being hosted by the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) based within the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS).
The exhibition, loaned to the CCS from the Durban Centre for Photography (DCP), contains the work of 10 student photographers who embarked on a month-long project to create a “visual audit” of various aspects of Durban and surrounding areas. Their aim was to get a better understanding of the dynamics of contemporary urbanisation patterns and emerging urban cultures.
According to CCS Director, Dr Shauna Mottiar, the aim of the exhibition is to showcase an exploration of cultural, social and political identities through the work of a group of emerging photographers who see themselves as critical citizens and visual social commentators in Durban.
‘The Centre for Civil Society is pleased to be able to exhibit this collection of photographs. Photography is a powerful medium through which to understand and interrogate lived spaces, terrains of struggle and development’, said Mottiar.
The exhibition photographs map a specific route from peri-urban Cato Manor to Warwick Avenue, Grey Street, Central Durban and Point Road to the beachfront promenade. They aim to capture the African aesthetic shaped by a confluence of urban subjectivities, transient subjects, conflicting narratives and camouflaged realities.