Contemporary Art

Live Auction, 16 February 2019

Contemporary Auction
  • Mack Magagane; Untitled 12, from the series …in this city

Lot Estimate
ZAR 20 000 - 30 000

About this Item

South African 1990-
Untitled 12, from the series …in this city
from an edition of 5 + 2AP
archival pigment ink on Innova Fibaprint matt paper
image size: 40 by 60cm


Mack Magagane’s artistic interest lies in the relationship between photography and memory and the narrative possibility of what is occurring beyond the framed image. His photographs are intimate vignettes of urban life in Johannesburg that create a conversation between real and imagined accounts of the people who both live in and pass through the city. Magagane’s series …in this city, produced during his 2011/2012 Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg, is compiled of snapshots of Johannesburg’s inner city at night, which the artist views as more serene than the day. In Untitled 12, a group of four men is illuminated by the bright light of a building’s overhang. The content of their interaction is decided by the viewer: good or bad, friendly or hostile. Untitled 21 depicts a block of flats at night with the lights shining inside, teasing the life happening within each separate space. The image invites the viewer into the lives of these strangers; to create a story for their imagined lives. Magagane’s work ‘provides a glimpse into an almost fairy-tale urban landscape with sort of a theatrical narration, where night does not necessarily translate into darkness.’1
  1. The Market Photo Workshop. (2012) this city, [Online] Available: http://marketphotoworkshop. [27 November 2018].


Another example from the edition is in the permanent collection of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA).

BRUNDYN, Cape Town, Living Just Enough, 6 February to 13 March 2014.

ROOM Gallery, Johannesburg, this city, 2012.

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