AGFA Ultra, Milnerton Market, 2001 >UNIQUE PRINT
On close examination, the astute materialist historian might detect, within a seemingly arbitrary assemblage of goods, objects that signify changes in the social practices of the demographic in question. The insight here is that the fondue is on the wane. Bring a little fromage back into your house right now.
In the early 00s I bought two rolls of medium format AGFA Ultra film, known for its super-saturated look, loaded my Hasselblad, and attached a very strong flash ala Martin Parr, the godfather of photo-satire. I then blitzed some of the Market's goods.
The effect appeals to me when applied to objects rather than people because folks in the frame need to be treated with evenness and respect.
This photo will work very well in a room prone to becoming untidy as the mess will transition easily to the artwork's wavy planes. In fact, it might very well make your room appear tidier than it is.
For the last decade, David Southwood has been observing, participating in, and photographing the Milnerton flea market. In that time, he has seen subtle changes in one of the many ‘grey zones’ of Cape Town, where a growing number of peripheral characters—mainly poor whites and recent migrants into South Africa—seek to earn a living through trade in second-hand goods. Milnerton Market has emerged from Southwood’s intense engagement as a powerful record of a single community on the fringes of a society in flux.
On one hand, Milnerton Market simply bears witness to the hodgepodge life of things. But on the other, it explores the implications of the redistribution of resources by a new democratic government in the early 1990s, a process that did very little to alleviate the destitution of many. The geographic and symbolic ‘in-betweenness’ of the site of the market—it is not sea, not city, not industrial, not prime property—and of the vendors themselves, perched on rickety deck chairs, suggests an uncomfortable unity of political rhetoric and acceptable public memory.
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Edition 1/1 and an Artist's Proof
Archival Inkjet on 300 GSM Hahnemuhle