Musa N, Nxumalo, Toi-Toi, 2017, Gicleé print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag  (Image courtesy of SMAC Gallery)

Musa N, Nxumalo, Toi-Toi, 2017, Gicleé print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag (Image courtesy of SMAC Gallery)


Urban Gaze exhibition puts emerging photographers in the spotlight at Keyes Art MilE


Date:02 MAY 2019 | Time:17:30 | Place:Keyes Art Mile

Keyes Art Mile, in partnership with the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), is proud to announce its upcoming exhibition, Urban Gaze.

Opening on May 2nd in the Atrium of the Trumpet Building, the Urban Gaze exhibition is a stunning showcase of the work of Gauteng-based photographers, and the many diverse aspects of Gauteng, South Africa’s most populous and diverse province.

The Urban Gaze photography competition is run by the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) and is designed to mobilise the creativity of photographers in the Gauteng City-Region. Open to all Gauteng City-Region residents over the age of 18, this unique documentary photography competition aims to open up space for emerging photographers and create a database of images to use in the GCRO’s research publications and online platforms. The competition was open from December 2018 to March 2019.

The Urban Gaze exhibition at Keyes Art Mile will feature photographs by the shortlisted entrants, alongside the overall winner and five winners in each of the competition's categories - Histories and Futures, Place and Movement, Economy and Economic Life, Sustainability and the Environment, and A Province and Its People. This exhibition provides a fascinating, deep and intimate focus on the places, people, issues and elements that make up the Gauteng City-Region.

"GCRO is passionate about the Gauteng City-Region and its people, and we are privileged to showcase this set of photographs, taken by people who live in this extraordinary place. The Urban Gaze competition invites us to see the city-region through the eyes of its residents, to document both what is familiar and what is strange, to illuminate the unseen, and to make visible the contradictions of our urban society". Dr Rob Moore, (Executive Director, GCRO)

The Urban Gaze exhibition will also present a body of work by established South African photographer, Musa Nxumalo for the duration of the competition exhibition - a bonus for lovers of fine art photography.

Nxumalo was born in Soweto, where he currently lives and works. His work explores youth culture, identity and the journey to self-discovery. Nxumalo, who trained at the Market Photo Workshop, first gained recognition for Alternative Kidz (2009) and In/Glorious (2012), which later formed part of his 2015 solo exhibition, In Search Of…. More recently, Nxumalo has earned further acclaim for his ability to meld social documentary with fine art photography through his ongoing project, The Anthology of Youth.

“We are thrilled to be showcasing Musa Nxumalo’s work as part of Urban Gaze,” comments Smac Gallery Director, Jean Butler. “Musa provides a powerful context for the wonderful emerging talent that the Urban Gaze competition drew out of the province’s nearly 15-million citizens.”

Urban Gaze opens on May 2nd as part of Keyes Thursdays where it will undoubtedly be a major drawcard for Gauteng’s fine art lovers and supporters.

The exhibition will remain open until 30 June 2019.