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BOEREMUSIEKGILDE PHOTOGRAPHS BY NIKLAS ZIMMER Print E-mail

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This collection of photographs, created by Niklas Zimmer, was commissioned by Willemien Froneman as an aesthetic ethnography of the 21st anniversary celebrations of the Boeremusiekgilde held in October 2010 at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria. The initial brief was centred on the Bakhtinian notion of the carnivalesque and the photographer tasked with creating images that portrayed the juxtaposition of pleasure and duty at the event.

Although the brief was open to interpretation, ‘pleasure’ was loosely defined in terms of the materiality of the body and the body in movement: excess, immediacy, dancing, eating and drinking, laughter, bingeing, sensuality and eroticism. ‘Duty’, in turn, denoted the order imposed by the official discourses of the organisation, evident in readings from the Bible, uniforms and other organisational paraphernalia.

It was decided to capture images of ‘duty’ in black and white film, as an additional aesthetic intervention. The images were created over the course of three days, with the photographer joining a group of musicians on a bus journey from Cape Town to Pretoria.

(Willemien Froneman, February 2011)



   
     
   
     
   
     
   
     
   
     

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