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BINNEGOED: Coloured & South African Photography

Exhibition Dates: April 27July 29, 2015
(April 27: Freedom Day in South Africa)
Reception and Curator's Talk: Monday, May 11, 69 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies, Juanita Kreps Gallery
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina

Afrikaans n.
1. Innards or intestines.
2. Euphemism for courage.
3. Way of being on the inside that is both vital and entangled. 

South Africa during Apartheid is revisited here through the work of sixteen photographers who lived and worked during this period of legalized racial segregation. BINNEGOED: Coloured & South African Photography reflects on the country’s history of race classification to consider what it meant to be neither Black nor White, but classified as Coloured even a century before Apartheid began. With archival photography, BINNEGOED makes visible these small Coloured histories that, while marginal to the story of South Africa today, are rooted deep within the country and its body politic.

Drawn from collections held in Duke University’s Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, including the South Africa Documentary Photographs Collection, BINNEGOED  exhibits the work of some photographers who came of age during Apartheid defiance. They include photographers like Cedric Nunn, Paul Alberts, Gideon Mendel, Zubeida Vallie, George Hallett, Paul Weinberg, and Bee Berman.

BINNEGOEDColoured & South African Photography is curated by Candice Jansen, 2014–15 exhibitions intern at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Jansen is also a new Ph.D. fellow and an Archibald Mafeje Scholar at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Beyond The Front Porch 2015

Exhibition Dates: April 26October 3, 2015
Project Presentations and BBQ: Sunday, April 26, 2-6 PM
Center for Documentary Studies, University Gallery
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina

This exhibit features nine large prints that represent the final projects of nine college seniors who will graduate with a CDS Certificate in Documentary Studies. Below are words from the seminar instructor, Alex Harris. Click here to see more information on the students and their projects.

Students in the Documentary Capstone Seminar have the spring semester of their senior year to complete a photographic, video, audio, or multimedia project that is meant to be the culmination of their course work at the Center for Documentary Studies and their four years at Duke (and in one case, UNC–Chapel Hill). This year's class has shown what former Duke President Terry Sanford coined over three decades ago as the unofficial University motto: outrageous ambitions! They are tackling projects —like womanhood at Duke, forming a non-traditional family, the essence of Quaker thought and life, the idea of beauty in relation to aging— that might be reasonable to complete if these students weren't also enrolled in three or four other courses, weren't also involved in various local and national causes, and weren't also taking the time to maintain Duke friendships that will last some for the rest of their lives. 

In completing these capstone projects, students are showing the one quality that is most difficult to achieve for any documentary artist bombarded with life’s daily distractions alongside news of huge and complex problems facing society: they are taking themselves and their own work seriously. This is the quality they will need in order to move beyond university life, to remain aware of the big picture, while maintaining focus on particular subjects and issues they themselves consider to be of vital importance. —Alex Harris, Duke Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and Documentary Studies

CDS Gallery Spring Hours

Monday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m
Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: closed

On occasion, the galleries are closed for installation, maintenance, and university scheduling considerations. Visitors might wish to call 919.660.3663 before they make a special trip to see an exhibition, to ensure that the galleries are open. 
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