In the early 1980s, Paul Weinberg made several low-budget films on Super 8 stock. These were The Dark City, with the youth organisation Khauleza, about Alexandra township north of Johannesburg; and Part of the Process, with Harriet Gavshon, about the demolition of Pageview, a residential area near the Johannesburg inner city which was largely inhabited by Indian people. Both were shown at history workshops of the University of the Witwatersrand.
Paul’s interest in film has resurfaced. Recent videos include Dancing for God, about the annual Shembe Church pilgrimage in KwaZulu-Natal; Trancing in Dreamtime’ with Junaid Ahmed, about interaction between San and Aboriginal musicians; and Double Vision, with Karin Shapiro, about the South African diaspora in North Carolina in the United States.
The Road to Then and Now (2008 documentary)
The Road to Then and Now tells the story of the Afrapix Photographic Collective. Afrapix operated in South Africa through the eighties and nineties, recording a view of the country that was not commonly seen in photographs published in newspapers and other journals. The collective was made up of a group of young committed photographers who saw the need to take their cameras into the dark corners of South Africa’s unfolding political drama. Paul Weinberg is generally regarded as the founder and coordinator of Afrapix and during 2007 he revisited the collective in the form of an exhibition and book presenting the work of many of the photographers who made Afrapix the legendary organization that it became. (Text:Roger Lucey)
Roger Lucey- I’m Alright Now (Photographs by Paul Weinberg))
On Common Ground: David Goldblatt & Peter Magubane
Curated by Paul Weinberg On Common Ground marks an historic moment as the work of two of South Africa’s most renowned photographers, David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane, are to be exhibited side-by-side for the first time. With both photographers, this is a poignant moment to reflect on their respective legacies.
Curator and photographer Paul Weinberg brings works by these veterans into direct conversation, using the gallery space to mirror major and lesser-known bodies of work that present Goldblatt and Magubane’s astute and distinct approaches to photography within the context of a shared pull to document apartheid South Africa and the post-1994 period of democracy. By exhibiting them together for the first time, we present a unique journey through these photographers’ archives.
On Common Ground also marks one of a small handful of exhibitions for Magubane in a gallery setting. Through this exhibition, we hope to address the historical oversight that Magubane has, in his lifetime, received such limited visibility in a contemporary art context. (Text:Roger Paul Mills)