Francki Burger, a part-time lecturer at the Department of Visual Communication (Photography).
TTLC is a collaborative, educational and developmental photographic space created by South African visual artists and educators who share a commitment to, and appreciation of, the photographic medium on the African continent.
Francki’s photographs portray landscape and history, in particular how politics, race, and violence are embedded/layered within the landscape.
“Historically, landscape in South Africa acted as a symbol of intimacy, a layered network of meanings and a place where cultural identity could be inscribed and imagined,” she says.
“I’m particularly interested in the role of the photographer in documenting the landscape. I examine archival images taken by official and amateur photographers of various battlefields, as I believe that traces are still present on the landscape – a landscape littered with political ideologies that inform our identities. This view regards landscape conceptually, as a space of shifts and changes, rather than physically,” she adds.
Francki’s work has been exhibited internationally and her career is marked by several accolades. She received the Brait-Everard Read prize, which included an exhibition at the Everard Read gallery, Johannesburg, as well as the internationally acclaimed Tierney Fellowship prize, and participated in a group exhibition in New York, 2009.
In 2012, she acted as curator for two group shows at Speke Photographic Gallery @ Circa in Rosebank, Johannesburg. In 2013, she completed an intensive Alternative Photography course in Rochester, USA, learning wet and dry-plate collodion, an 1860 photographic process. Her work was also included in the 2016 exhibition, South Africa: Art of a nation, at the British Museum, London.
Francki says having her work exhibited by TTLC is valuable exposure and that she is proud to have been part of it.
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