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Developing Landscapes presents a selection of work from alumni of the Market Photo Workshop’s Advanced Programme in Photography. The exhibition engages landscape as it is formed by politics, trauma and the post-1994 social and political imagination in South Africa. The selected photographs engage the South African landscape as a complex accumulation marked by Apartheid-era policies of segregation and forced removal, and post-1994 negotiations of belonging. The exhibition frames the complexity of “development” within the often problematic logic of post-1994 rural and urban land development policies in South Africa, as well as the development of new conceptual positions to landscape that young South Africans are negotiating as contemporary agents within a shifting politics of land ownership.
Uche Okpa-Iroha was born on the 2nd of January 1972 in Enugu, Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree (1997) in Food Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.
He was spurred to go into photography in 2005. His early works were inspired by the essence of humanity and the living conditions of his subjects. Most of his portraits can be interpreted as dialogues between his subjects and their habitual environment. Uche’s current style seems to draw attention to the continent (Africa) where he uses cinematic narratives as a reference to investigate the stereotypical representation of deviant or marginal cultures.