Social Landscape Project

© Phumzile Nkosi, My Piece, 2012. Submitted to the Public Engagement Project.

Market Photo Workshop and Rencontres d’Arles introduce the Social Landscape Project as part of the French-South African Season 2012/13. For more information on the Photo Competition which is part of the public engagement aspect of Social Landscape, in which you can submit your photographs on landscape for exhibition and to win prizes, please click here.


Bosberaad: 9 September 2012- 11 September 2012

A Bosberaad is conventionally considered a meeting in the ‘bush’ on ‘neutral’ territory where complex issues can be discussed. For the purposes of the Social Landscape Project the Bosberaad that took place from 9 September 2012 to 11 September 2012 in Verkykerskop in the Free State represents a point at which the participating French and South African photographers met each other, presented and shared ideas and the beginnings of a body of images each has derived from the 1st fieldwork trip. It is in and at the Boseberaad that the collaborative nature of the projects comes to life in an activated session of feedback, proposal, and editing of the image and ideas. For the students and alumni who were privy to the discussions, the Bosberaad goes a long way in facilitating the value of the workshop exercise and the mode of operation of experienced photographers.

About the Social Landscape project

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.

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

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 transmit 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, the 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 Molemo Moiloa (, +2711 834 1444)

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.