Ian van Coller, Professor of Photography at MSU, has a solo show in San Francisco at the Rayko Photo Center. The exhibition runs November 5 – December 6, with an opening November 7. Some images from the show, photographed in his native South Africa, have been previously seen in Bozeman. For more of this and other work by Van Coller, see his web site.
Interior Relations explores the deep fault lines between the country’s public democratic ideals and the ongoing racial and economic inequality that circumscribes the lived experiences of many black South African women. Many of the contradictions evident in South Africa’s transition to democracy are encapsulated within white households that employ black and coloured domestic workers, often housing them in segregated living quarters on their property. These households, simultaneously private spaces for employers and public spaces for the employees, are ultimately political spaces where race, class and gender inequalities are negotiated. Interior Relations is a portrait series focused specifically on female domestic workers—nannies and maids—who continue to embody this daily repertoire of inequalities.