Overview participating exhibitions

Metropolis
2011

Metropolis

Jodi Bieber

SOWETO (South Africa, 2010)

Anyone hearing the name of Soweto immediately thinks of poverty, dust, crime and AIDS. This is the image that is constantly stoked by the media. Jodi Bieber wanted to show Soweto as it is today – a place where people have homes, where they do their shopping and go about their everyday tasks. She wanted to undermine the stereotypes and reveal the cosmopolitan townships as their residents themselves experience them.

  • SOWETO (South Africa, 2010)

  • SOWETO (South Africa, 2010)

  • SOWETO (South Africa, 2010)

  • SOWETO (South Africa, 2010)

  • SOWETO (South Africa, 2010)

Ordinary Pain
2009

Ordinary Pain

Jodi Bieber

LAS CANAS (Spain, 2008)

In Spain needle sharing by drug users is one of the leading means of HIV and AIDS transmission. Without a social safety net, in addition to coping with their illness the infected addicts are also victims of social exclusion. As an African, Jodi Bieber was surprised that this practice is also to be found in the rich West. She steeped herself in their situation, made still worse by the poor quality of the drugs. Nevertheless, LAS CANAS is primarily about the addicts themselves: the sort of people from whom we avert our eyes on a daily basis, afraid as we are of recognising ourselves in our neighbours. Like Bieber's photographs, their stories are coloured by sadness, loss and loneliness. The users come from all over the world, but have one thing in common: drugs. It is their vulnerability to that one temptation that makes them different from us.

  • LAS CANAS (Spain, 2008)

    In Spain needle sharing by drug users is one of the leading means of HIV and AIDS transmission. Without a social safety net, in addition to coping with their illness the infected addicts are also victims of social exclusion. As an African, Jodi Bieber was surprised that this practice is also to be found in the rich West. She steeped herself in their situation, made still worse by the poor quality of the drugs. Nevertheless, LAS CANAS is primarily about the addicts themselves: the sort of people from whom we avert our eyes on a daily basis, afraid as we are of recognising ourselves in our neighbours. Like Bieber's photographs, their stories are coloured by sadness, loss and loneliness. The users come from all over the world, but have one thing in common: drugs. It is their vulnerability to that one temptation that makes them different from us.

  • LAS CANAS (Spain, 2008)

  • LAS CANAS (Spain, 2008)

  • LAS CANAS (Spain, 2008)

  • LAS CANAS (Spain, 2008)

Biography

Jodi Bieber (South Africa, 1966) learned her trade at the South African newspaper, The Star. After the first democratic elections in her motherland she took the World Press Masterclass. That laid the foundations for a project about young people on the fringes of South Africa society, resulting in the book Between Dogs and Wolves – Growing up with South Africa. Bieber's work has appeared periodicals including The New York Times Magazine, de Volkskrant, Geo and The Telegraph Magazine, and among the commendations she has received are eight World Press Awards.

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Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

Price EUR 17,50

Human Conditions

Human Conditions

Price EUR 15,00