Morning After Dark
23 September - 23 October 2014
“‘Morning After Dark’ is a series of urban landscapes of the formal and informal parts of Cape Town, all of which have been photographed in early-morning light… This journey was an intensely personal experience, making observations about what I saw, a photographic diary of sorts, where non-linear and disparate images and symbols of startling modernity are linked to other stories and experiences of increasing chaos, dislocation and displacement in an ever-evolving, bewildering co-existence.” -Artist Statement-
The exhibition presents a photographic series from photographer David Lurie. The early-morning light captured in ‘Morning After Dark’ is charged with an uncanny energy despite the perceived stillness of the landscapes. Here the ‘ghosts’ of people absent haunt the scenes in a potent reminder of how deeply intertwined structures and the people they contain (or exclude) are. The moments of stillness before the city awakes expose the constructs and constraints of the surroundings: the boundaries, the intersections, the dead ends, the places where inner city bleeds into fringes. What we are left with is a view of a city whose population is at once fractured and deeply enmeshed.
The images form part of an ongoing book project about urbanization and the marginalized of Cape Town, provisionally entitled The Right to the City, to be published in 2015.
David Lurie (b.1951, Cape Town) studied economics, politics and philosophy and taught philosophy at the University of Cape Town. From 1980 to 1985 he undertook research in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics, and co-edited Millenium, Journal of International Studies, after which he worked as a consultant-economist in London.
A self-taught photographer, Lurie began doing documentary projects part-time in 1990 and full-time in 1995 after the publication of his first book, Life in the Liberated Zone (Cornerhouse, UK. 1995). Other publications include: Cape Town Fringe: Manenberg Avenue is where it’s Happening (Double Storey Books, 2004), Images of Table Mountain, (Bell-Roberts, 2006), Encounters at the Edge, (exhibition catalogue, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town, 2013), Morning After Dark, (exhibition catalogue, Commune.1 Gallery, Cape Town and ARTCO Art Gallery, Germany, 2014). Lurie’s photographs have been collected and exhibited worldwide.
Lurie currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa