Social Landscape Project

  • June 28, 2012

© Thabiso Sekgala, from the series Homeland, 2011


The Social Landscape Project is a collaborative, photography project that investigates the South African land, landscape, and ideas around belonging.

The project consists of a French-South African collaborative photography project, a training and research programme and a public engagement programme and will produce two publications, an archive and an exhibition.

The main focus of the project is a collaboration of French and South African photographers, who will be exploring considerations of land and landscape in South Africa. The project aims to bring together highly-regarded photographers from both countries, and to support their work in various locations across the country.

The project also seeks to obtain wide public participation in a bid to celebrate a sense of belonging through images gathered through social mediums of interaction and platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The images will become part of a larger identity. It seeks to answer the two questions, where we are and, more importantly, who we are.

The Social Landscape Project as a whole endeavours to engage South Africa’s history of landscape photography, whilst concurrently engaging the complex and dynamic aspects of contemporary land and landscape social discourse in South Africa, and the world. The project overall will produce a vital archive on an important subject that remains pivotal to the world's challenges in environment, resources, economies and historical legacies.


To begin uploading your images of our land, please go to our Social Landscape Project page on Facebook. Alternately, you can email your submissions to


About Rencontres d’Arles

The international photography festival known as Les Rencontres d'Arles was created by Lucien Clergue, Jean-Maurice Rouquette and Michel Tournier in 1968. More than 40 years later, this festival is arguably the most important event around photography in the world. Usually organised around more than 50 events and installed in various exceptional patrimonial places of Arles, Les Rencontres d’Arles (in English the Meetings of Arles), intends to contribute to the world photographic inheritance and also aims to be the crucible of contemporary creation by the discovery of young talented photographers. Thanks to a demanding programme directed by François Hebel and a challenging public, Rencontres d’Arles explores the current stakes of photography and attests the capacity of this medium and importance of the figure of the photographer, witness of the world, which surrounds it.

For more information please contact Candice Ganesh (, +27 11 834 1444)


This project is embedded within the larger project of the French-South African Reciprocal Seasons (2012/13).

The France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013 are an initiative conceived and facilitated by the governments of the two countries, to give the people of France and South Africa an opportunity to understand each other better through cultural, scientific, sport, education and business engagement.

The French Season in South Africa runs from June to November 2012 and comprises more than 100 exhibitions, performances, film screenings, literary events, workshops, conferences and round tables.

The South African Season in France will take place in the second half of 2013.


blog comments powered by Disqus