Optelgoed & In Kliplokasie – Absa KKNK projects

I love documentary photography (thanks to TJ and the Market Photo Workshop) and I’m fortunate to live in Oudtshoorn where we have the Absa KKNK 🙂 Over the past two years they as well as the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport of the Western Cape have made it possible for me to be involved in two local socio-documentary projects – Optelgoed and Kliplokasie. It basically revolves around introducing photography to marginalized communities or groups as a way of documenting their lives. In this process of “awareness development”  there is potential for growth on a community but also individual level – grrrr, sounds very academic…

Optelgoed focused on children living off the streets of Oudtshoorn as well as people making a living from the municipal rubbish dump. I was supported by volunteers from My Father’s Home as well as Cindy van der Hoorn fro Alphen aan den Rijn. These photos were exhibited during the Absa KKNK as part of their Visual Arts Exhibition. It later travelled to the Netherlands where it was exhibited at Alphen aan den Rijn. Here is the link to the blog of Optelgoed – be warned, emotionally testing.

In Kliplokasie was part of the Absa KKNK’s Fees van Geleenthede (Festival of Opportunities) in 2012. This project was presented to a group of approximately 30 primary school aged kids in Kliplokasie about 25 kms out of Oudtshoorn. I was supported during this process by Linda Wilson from the Absa KKNK and Willie Arnoldus. The exhibition opened in Kliplokasie’s little community hall / church a week before the Absa KKNK and was also part of the Visual Arts exhibition. You can view these photos  by clicking HERE.

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