Writing the City

09 Mar 2016 - 01 May 2016

CAPE TOWN, South Africa

A solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed photographer, David Lurie at the South African Jewish Musuem

9 March - 1 May 2016

Opening Reception 9 March 18h00

David Lurie’s new exhibition of photographs, entitled Writing the City, opens at the South African Jewish Museum on March 9th at 6 pm, and runs through to May 1st, 2016.  Opening address by former Justice of the Constitutional Court, Albie Sachs.     

Lurie captures, in characteristically exceptional detail, Cape Town’s surfaces, textures and artistic ‘interventions' and considers what these tell us about the inclusion and exclusion of different communities in the life and prosperity of the city. 

“Lurie’s work is about the relationship between seeing and the moral imagination. His questions are about who speaks, how far their voices go in this city, about who bothers to look, and what they see when they do, about the omnipresent invisible.” (Professor Daniel Herwitz, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, from David Lurie's Photographic Ethics, 2016). 

James Sey, Social Theorist at University of Johannesburg, says, 

“Lurie’s seductively confrontational photographs …. tell the very necessary other story…. of all the forgotten, neglected surfaces of Cape Town’s urban ‘non-places’…. His pictures make them grow in clarity and volume, and profundity. They take on the complex visual character of Cape Town’s Undercity, the dark mirror of the tourist brochures.” 

The exhibition will travel to Johannesburg and London during 2016.

Writing the City

South African Jewish Museum, 88 Hatfield Street, Cape Town

Opening Wednesday, March 9th at 6 pm.  Exhibition will run until May 1st, 2016

Opening address by Justice Albie Sachs, 6:30 pm

Drinks and snacks will be served. All Welcome!

No museum entry fee on opening night and the following night, 9th and 10th March.

Writing the City

Selected Works

The latest work from the artists