Gerhardt Coetzee

Documentary Photographer
   
So gemaak en so (ge-) laat staan.
Location: Cape Town
Nationality: South African
Biography: Gerhardt Coetzee (b. 1983, Pretoria) is an Afrikaans photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa, who explores shifting micro-utopias in South Africa, especially the hangover of apartheid amongst the Afrikaans community; 'Die Volk’.... MORE
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So gemaak en so (ge-) laat staan.
Copyright Gerhardt Coetzee 2023
Updated Nov 2022
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I have recently turned to use self-portraiture as a tool for personal exploration. The home studio becomes a sounding board for ideas, memories, and fears. Turning the lens on myself for the first time was nerve-wracking – every part of me resisted this simple act. This ‘thing’ that I have such a complicated relationship with - the camera now turned on me. 

At first, I felt like I was on trial.

I explored key events and moments from my past, my Afrikaans heritage and overwhelming feelings of shame and fear as a child, and also my role as a father today –  who I have been and am becoming.

Negotiating memories from a small collection of forgotten childhood photographs: I started surveying, recording, and scanning the photographs, cutting them up, zooming in - up close, and extracting from them imagery I could work with, emotional triggers, and subtle physical gestures.

The photographs on exhibition are part of a larger body of work, currently in the making;  exploring these two states of being, then and now.

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