Thabiso Sekgala, who based in Johannesburg, has been photographing the landscapes and people in various South African platinum-mining towns for his series “Second Transition.” “‘Second Transition’ is the term that came to mind when I was photographing in Brits, Ga-Rankuwa, Marikana and Rustenburg,” says Sekgala. “Second Transition” describes a new phase of negotiations under Apartheid,” he adds, referencing the farms located between Brits and Rustenburg, an area of about 40 miles, that were assimilated and eventually became the independent state of Bophuthatswana after the introduction of the Natives Land Act in 1913.
Images from “Second Transition” are included in a group exhibit called “Transition,” currently showing at the Atelier de Mécanique as part of Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival in France. On display through Sunday, September 22, 2013, “Transition” features the work of six South African photographers (Thabiso Sekgala, Santu Mofokeng, Pieter Hugo, Zanele Muholi, Cedric Nunn and Jo Ractliffe) and six French photographers (Patrick Tourneboeuf, Alain Willaume, Raphaël Dallaporta, Harry Gruyaert, Philippe Chancel and Thibaut Cuisset). All of the images in the exhibition were made in and around South Africa.
“This exhibition comes at a particular moment in South African history. Although the exhibition looks back at the past, it is also just as interested in change and the future,” curators François Hébel and John Fleetwood noted in a statement about the show.