Title

The photographic object: Utopia in Zwelethu Mthethwas interiors

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2015

Abstract

What effect does a mounting technique have on a photograph? Zwelethu Mthethwas Interiors, a series of large colour photographs that depict residents of an informal settlement in Cape Town, offers a case study. In face-mounting the front of the photographic print is irreversibly bonded to Plexiglas. This has the effect of drawing the image to the surface, amplifying colours, and transforming the photographic print into a durable photographic object. Although largely unacknowledged in the critical literature, this material aspect of the photographs animates their utopian dimensions, shaping their intervention in the fraught politics of photographic representation in South Africa.

Publication Name

Photographies

Volume Number

8

First Page

105

Last Page

121

Issue Number

1

DOI

10.1080/17540763.2014.974286

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