Maintaining Memories - Tamary Kudita
21 June - 6 August 2018
Utilizing the backdrop of her own mysteriously obscured ancestral history, Maintaining Memories is a photographic examination of the notions of race and representation in a post-colonial era. The series takes inspiration from South African photographer, Santu Mofokeng’s, The Black Family Album. (An archival project which comprises the recovery of existing images of black working-class families.)
Finding her original family album to be shrouded in secrecy and acts of destruction, Kudita (re)creates the archive, depicting the various generations from her great great great grandfather down to herself.
The series is self-reflective and echoes her quest to uncover the story of her origins, and to understand more about the people who shaped her. The images serve to portray the multifaceted, complexity of African identities. With portraiture, she explores the challenges and victories of each of those generations. “Making visible what might otherwise would have remained obscure.”
Tamary Kudita is an emerging fine art photographer who was born in Zimbabwe but is mostly based in Cape Town. She is a recent graduate of Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.