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StJohn Fuller & Michael Meyersfeld – Taking the Time

  Taking the Time Comprising works from photographers StJohn Fuller and Michael Meyersfeld, the Taking the Time Exhibition is a departure from the standard portraiture and object photography. While the subject matter of the two sets of works is very different, there is commonality in approach. The artists look at spaces and people in a way that allows them, if we let them, to speak to us. They reveal something to us of ourselves or impart knowledge that is of great importance. Unfortunately, life being what it is, we do not allow ourselves the time to look or listen. In doing so we often justify our indifference or (in)actions with the most ill thought out arguments. At this time in our collective history in South Africa we find ourselves on a path filled with so much noise that we have arrived at a point where we are unable understand that each and every object, person, action is integral to our being – and we are rendered unable to act. We stop looking and listening. It may seem to be contradictory to say a space or a voice continues to exist regardless of our inattention, but yet it does so, and without our knowing it, the existence of that entity does continue to be a part of and influences our lives. The artists therefore ask the viewer to stop, to really take the time to notice, to adopt an alternative way of looking, of listening and to understand.   “Oracles” by StJohn Fuller  A collection of activists, of important South African voices; every day citizens who have chosen to take...